For Teachers

Including slam and spoken word in your lesson plan is a great way to excite students in engaging with poetry! Where some (or most!) students may bemoan dissecting stuffy old poems that don’t speak to their experience, slam is based in youth culture and is meant to connect with audiences, especially live and in person. More than performance art, it’s a modern movement that has reinvigorated an interest in poetry as a powerful creative tool for personal and social change.

I am an experienced mentor and workshop facilitator who continues to cultivate a passion for working with youth. Whether it’s a one-on-one, group, or classroom setting, I have translated my own narrative of learning into discussions, exercises, and lesson plans that have brought out some fantastic writing and performances from the students I’ve worked with.

Workshop Options

  • School residencies (one week minimum) through Manitoba Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools program. Submit an application by May 15, 2017 to have MAC help to cover the costs!
  • Short or tong-term projects through MAC’s ArtsSmarts program. With funding from MAC, we collaborate on integrating spoken word into your school’s programming in any form, ranging from one-0ff workshops with a single group, to a project that may span an entire school year – all based on curriculum standards. Visit my blog post on a recently completed project, which includes links to video examples from others as well. Deadlines for ArtSmarts I developmental grants are on going, but ArtsSmarts II long-term project grants are coming up on April 15, 2017!
  • Professional development workshops for teachers, where we’ll run through exercises, games, and discussions on how to bolster your students’ interest in poetry. A fun creative session that’s perfect for inservice days!

Click here for an example of a detailed lesson plan that reflects Manitoba curriculum outcomes. No matter the length of a visit, these principles are the basis for each workshop. They have worked well to foster an interest in poetry in various forms, as well as to build skills in creative, constructive thinking and personal expression. They can be adapted to suit various needs, as I reserve the space to collaborate with educators on providing the best lessons to their individual groups.

Let’s connect and work together to inspire the next generation to feel confident in expressing themselves through creative, constructive writing and sharing!

Photo credit: Brett Reid