From a methods and approaches class to a reflective lesson

Yuly Cárdenas
Nov 20, 2018 · 2 min read

In this paper, I am going to talk about the Slam Poetry assignment. What is it in my opinion, how did I feel writing it and how it helped me to feel more released. In other words, I am going to talk about my experience with this task, and how do I connect it with teaching.

When I first heard about this signature, I never imagined I would have to reflect on my life in this class. However, after some weeks learning about the lesson plan, methods and approaches for teaching languages, communicative competence, and strategies for developing reading comprehension, the teacher made me realize this class has deeper implications than just learning about those stated topics, and that’s when the Slam Poetry project started. In the beginning, I was a little bit scared because I was afraid of how I was going to record myself, or what topic I should choose, but anyway, I was sure I wanted to talk about something I have gone through, or I was just passionate about.

After some days of thinking about a topic (It took me time because I was not sure if I should talk about that and share it with my class), I came out with something I have been continuously reflecting in my life. Since I was a kid, the relationship with my father has not been in good terms, our different points of view, his behavior with my mom and the fact we have never shared a lot of memories, made me realized it was the best experience I could talk about. More than an academic task, this was the perfect moment to express my real feelings and to talk openly about something that has made me sad for many years, but that after saying all I have hidden for a lot of time, I felt I was finally sharing my worries with someone, so it was liberating.

As we know, we all have different ways to express our feelings, some are shyer and need more time to think about what to say, while others can talk easily and do not need to think much time, so, from my perspective, Slam Poetry is the best method that allows not only students, but everyone to talk about personal aspects, tastes, human and pet’s rights, cultural issues, things we disagree or agree with, relationships and many other topics we are in continuous contact in our daily life. In fact, is for that familiarity with the topic that is easier for us to talk about it.

Finally, connecting this task with teaching, I sincerely believe this is the best way not only to engage our students in writing, but to encourage them to talk freely about anything they want without the prejudice of been judged by others. Also, leaving students to choose their topic from the variety we have, says this is not only about a grade, but it has to be with a personal, and honest reflection about ourselves and the world.

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