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Slam Selection Processes / Freshwater Wordsmiths
« on: April 20, 2015, 11:37:49 AM »
We have each of our shows twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.
Our slams for team selection take place from September/October to December with the first place winner and runner up of each slam qualifying for final stage. We hold finals either in December or January with a 3 round, 12 poet slam. We drop four poets each round with the final four competing in the last round to determine the grand slam champion. After the team has been selected we decide whether the poet finishing in 5th should be the alternate, if a coach should be assigned or neither option and the team stays at only four competing poets.

General Discussion / Re: Slam and Academics
« on: August 31, 2013, 11:34:35 PM »
A couple of the texts that I refer to are The Portable Poetry Workshop by Jack Myers and Poetry Handbook, A Dictionary of Terms by Babette Deutsch.

There's a lot of options on poets and work to use all depending on what kinda lessons you wanna do, so it's all dependent on what you're trying to do. I just brought both of these up because they've been helpful for me alongside a lot of other texts.

General Discussion / Re: Slam and Academics
« on: August 26, 2013, 09:17:03 PM »
I'm out of town for a wedding right now so I don't have the specific things I use on me at the moment but I like to keep Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences in mind. It's like most theorems when it comes to education, in that it isn't perfect but I personally do think that all kids don't learn the same and when it comes to introducing poetry into the classroom, I try to keep this in mind with the lessons I'd like to introduce.

So like for example:
To cater to students who are more active - showing a youtube video of a few poems that are performed and open dialogue about how the body is used as an instrument to communicate. Try to think of what symbols we make when trying to give image to the words we verbalize. From that point, if we're working on writing, write those symbols, gestures and movements down, and then try to incorporate them into what prompt we may be writing.

For musically inclined kids - explore rhythmic poetry and lyrics. I know last year we used rap lyrics in a class I taught at a local high school. I've used Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan before. Show how the tones and ranges our voice creates, both when performed and written can create a sort of music. Don't be limited just to lyrics but to sounds and music, and how they compliment poetry.

These are just a couple of examples off the top of the head. I know I'm pretty young, and some might have more experience than I have but I got my B.A. in Elementary Ed, and spent a lot of my time student teaching merging the arts with lessons, mostly math lessons but lessons within different subject matter. So far in the few years I've been teaching since finishing that degree my methods have been effective for kids I've worked with. It isn't the only way, and isn't the only effective way to teach poetry but my methods and I can in any way help you out with it I'm down.

General Discussion / Poet touring the Northeast Coast in need of help
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:07:23 AM »
Throughout the months of May and early June I'll be touring through the northeast and I was wondering if anybody knows who I should get in touch with if I'm interested in booking a show in Philly and/or Pittsburgh.

General Discussion / Re: Hi! looking to join a team!
« on: October 28, 2012, 08:43:57 PM »
You usually have to compete for a spot on a team although I'm digging your eagerness. There is a poet here, Jesse Parent, I think he's out in Utah if I'm not mistaken. There are also plenty of slams and events going on in Cali depending what part you're in, but yeah, you've got to attend the slam and compete for a spot and all of that fun stuff.

I want to roll over laughing at Jessie's post.

Yo Dave, if I come up there with an old school Bosh Raptors jersey will I get boo'd out of the building? Lol

Bro, I love this idea. If you really get this together I want to be there to witness the first one.

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