Reciting Other People's Poetry: A Dusty Relic or Powerful Teaching Tool?

EDUCATION WEEK | on Wed, Dec 31, 7:00 PM

Students recite their poems to the wall in English teacher Lance Fisher's classroom at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. The exercise is designed to reduce jitters as students prepare to perform the poems they’ve memorized. —Ian C. Bates for Education Week Mount Vernon, Wash. Everyone is standing up and shouting at once in Lance Fisher’s English class, and that’s exactly what he wants them to do. Fisher’s 12th grade students are reciting—more like hurling—poems at the walls. The...

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