"The best way to teach children to become great writers is to tell them to write their WORST".
Brod Bagert was his name and he was brought in as an invited guest speaker to surprise and enlighten the audience with his poetry and his visions. What a treat it would be!
"The best way to teach children to become great writers is to tell them to write their worst! Students are forbidden to write their best in their first attempt." I glanced at my notes and kept asking myself, "Did he REALLY just say that?!" He did.
He spoke of the writing process in the sense of alleviating formulated writing and establishing a foundation allowing writers to write naturally-that is, once the "stress" of writing is removed. And how do you do that? By telling them to write their worst! The purpose for writing then becomes a process of rewriting and rereading without the pressure of perfection weighing the student down.
Animated, passionate and obviously a master of his own craft, Brod Bagert was definitely the EXPERT worth listening to that day! :)
Fast forward 3 years later and Brod Bagert himself was at IRA in San Antonio sharing his work and his love for poetry once again. I couldn't believe it! To this day he was still advocating for poetry, for literacy, for teachers and for students!
In fact, Mr. Brod Bagert took it upon himself to establish a Muse Project for teachers! This project is a collaborative effort between Mr. Bagert and teachers in which his goal is relatively simple-create and provide K-8 teachers poetry across curriculum....for FREE! He even encourages feedback!
Hats off to an INSPIRING author who continues to instill the love of poetry in today's classrooms!
A true class act.