A Poet in Residence at GEMS

Target 1 Student Centered Learning – FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step –  Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

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Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words  — Robert Frost
Recently, elementary students in grades K-2 , at Georgia Elementary school, had the wonderful opportunity of working with children’s author, poet, and writing teacher Amy Ludwig-VanDerwater.
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During her two-day artist in residency she worked extensively with students, teachers , and parents exhibiting the love of reading and writing.  But most importantly she shared the love of writing poetry and the love of creativity.
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Amy was able to excite every student with her passion and love of poetry and ALL students created wonderful pieces that were shared with their peers. In addition to her classroom visits,she also worked exclusively with teachers providing valuable resources and methodologies that can be implemented in helping the reluctant writer get excited!  To conclude her day, she met with parents and shared healthy reading/writing habits and explained a variety of strategies to nourish young writers.
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To conclude her day, she met with parents and shared healthy reading/writing habits and explained a variety of strategies to nourish young writers. Students are still writing poetry and expressing themselves which was the primary goal of the residency.
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