So many people have something similar to post-tramatic (or dramatic) stress disorder with things they've experienced (public speaking, doing math on the board in front of a large group of people), one of which being poetry. They hate poetry. They find it stupid, pointless, or just throw their hands up in the air caliming they don't get it--like poetry is something to get like a diploma or a driver's license. Bad experiences leading to closed-off thinking.
This morning, Tami presented a Rockstar demo. on critucal reading and writing, using poetry as a vehicle to get to this important thinking. Well-paced, great activities, wonderful personality and chrisma, and great experiences. We shared and built upon each other's thinking, we shared ideas, explained wy we thougth what we thought, we were allowed to act like 7th graders--always a plus, I took advantage of this by poking my neighbor in the ribs--and we all felt validated through specific feedback from the teacher, and candy, and we were building something very important: we were feeling successful through the positive experiences we were having.
"A mind is like a parachute. It works best when it is open."