October 13th, 2017
Teaching and learning online
I made the Poetry/Pedagogy website over summer 2017. It's not my first attempt at a blog or website, and I definitely need to do a search to find the detritus I have left in my wake and clean it up. This attempt feels different, though; there's so much that I want to share widely and publicly in terms of resources, ideas, and the on-the-ground work that's making things feel pretty meaningful, if always also unstable, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana right now.
You'll find a number of tabs on this site; some lead to publications of various sorts in a range of media by me and others. What I'm most excited about at the moment is the ENGL4302: Spoken Word Poetry & Pedagogy tab. This is an upper-level undergraduate class I'm teaching this semester (Fall 2017), and despite my trepidations about my own organizational skills, I've committed to bringing the class online by making the students' work public. I hope this practice will help to up the stakes for students in terms of their investment in their writing and research, since a public audience puts a bit more pressure on one to perform at a high level. Also, though, this turns the students into teachers who are sharing information as they learn, and it establishes a place where we can do some work together with students in McKinley High School's Humanities Amped Creative Writing elective before and after both classes meet together this month.
I think this website is where my teaching is going to start to live. Look for a new tab that houses my course syllabi and accompanying readings/resources soon :-)
Thanks for visiting Poetry/Pedagogy. This site blog is where I'll post notes and thoughts about the critical pedagogies and literacies work happening in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and around the world. - Sue
What I've Read
The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America