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Inclusive & Accessible Poetry
Donnie Welch
Donnie Welch Poetry
The University of Alabama TH245 Teaching Theater
2/11/2019
In 2015 I turned down
a fellowship from the
New York City
Teaching Fellows to
run poetry workshops
for students with
autis...
Sensorimotor Poetry Workshops
A curriculum grounded in social-emotional learning and based on the
belief that movement and...
What Makes It Work
Fun
Rhythmic, routine, and regulating
Adaptable
Developmentally appropriate
Interdisciplinary
As Facilitator
• Be Patient
• Not only with students, but with yourself
• Keep a journal and video (if able) to reflect
• ...
Be Real
“[T]he teacher’s acceptance of their vulnerability connects them to
students who are often vulnerable because of h...
Questions, Comments, New Followers
DonnieWelchPoetry@gmail.com
@DonnieWelchPoetry
@DonnieWelchPoet
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The University of Alabama TH245 Teaching Theater Guest Lecture

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Lecture on making arts education spaces more accessible and inclusive. Beginning with brief introduction of myself and the sensorimotor poetry workshops, then broadening out to best practices and facilitator mindset.

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The University of Alabama TH245 Teaching Theater Guest Lecture

  1. 1. Inclusive & Accessible Poetry Donnie Welch Donnie Welch Poetry The University of Alabama TH245 Teaching Theater 2/11/2019
  2. 2. In 2015 I turned down a fellowship from the New York City Teaching Fellows to run poetry workshops for students with autism. I started running workshops that involved tabletop, hands-on sensory play.
  3. 3. Sensorimotor Poetry Workshops A curriculum grounded in social-emotional learning and based on the belief that movement and literacy go hand-in-hand. Movement helps us understand rhythm, rhythm helps us understand poetry, and poetry helps us understand each other.
  4. 4. What Makes It Work Fun Rhythmic, routine, and regulating Adaptable Developmentally appropriate Interdisciplinary
  5. 5. As Facilitator • Be Patient • Not only with students, but with yourself • Keep a journal and video (if able) to reflect • Be Flexible • Stick out your can, here comes a lesson plan – Theodore Roethke “First Class” • Be an Advocate • ”You don’t have to be a voice for the voiceless, just pass the mic” – Anon. Tweet • Disability Visibility Project
  6. 6. Be Real “[T]he teacher’s acceptance of their vulnerability connects them to students who are often vulnerable because of how they are positioned in society. It is this joint vulnerability that is the prerequisite for change.” — Christopher Emdin For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Ya’ll Too: Reality Pedagogy in Urban Education Book photo via Amazon.com
  7. 7. Questions, Comments, New Followers DonnieWelchPoetry@gmail.com @DonnieWelchPoetry @DonnieWelchPoet

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