Baron Wormser has given workshops throughout the United States on
the teaching of poetry at such venues as National Council of Teachers
of English conventions in Nashville, Tennessee, and Baltimore,
Maryland, the New England Reading Association, Assumption College, the
University of Maine, and the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. He has
worked in dozens of schools at all levels. Wormser's work with schools
stresses the principles employed in his two, co-authored books about
teaching poetry. These are an emphasis on reading poems aloud and
writing them down word by word, discussion of poems that focuses on
word choice and the various aspects of the art of poetry employed in
the poem, and writing poems based on the model a given poem presents.
He believes that too often the teaching of poetry is reductive and
produces fear and anxiety. The teaching of poetry should open students
up to the experience of art, an experience that moves outward from the
center of individual responsiveness to language. Poetry is a keystone
of literacy and should be approached accordingly.
Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching
Wormser is the founding director of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, which began in the summer of 2000.
Arc of Teaching a Poem” is a teaching statement composed by Baron
Wormser and director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching Dawn Potter.
This unique conference brings classroom teachers together with poets
for the purpose of talking about poetry and the teaching of poetry.
Over the course of five days the conference includes talks on teaching
poetry, workshops in which individual poets consider favorite poems,
writing poems, sharing classroom practices, and poetry readings.
For more information about workshops and working in schools with students and teachers, contact Baron.