Today I want to give you an update on the current issue of Missouri Reader (https://joom.ag/o1ta), which features a number of articles about children’s poetry and using poetry in the classroom. On Tuesday I asked co-editor Sam Bommarito how the issue is being received. You may remember that it attracted more readers in the first day than the previous issue did in the first month. It’s still going strong. Here’s Sam’s response.
“How does 2,352 sound? They are from 18 different countries. The newest addition is a group from Australia Turns out there was a blogger down under who wrote some her friends and said “You won’t believe it, it’s a whole issue about poetry” I think she was excited!! So were her friends. She seems to have a lot of friends. So we are a hit down under- how about that!?!”
When I asked Sam about feedback, he’s working on a way to do that.
“To talk about us on twitter,” Sam says, “use #MoRdr. I’m editing the front cover to make sure that is said prominently on the next distribution. To everyone who has read it already, please do tweet using #MoRdr and include the link in your tweet https://joom.ag/o1ta. I will be monitoring #MoRdr on tweetdeck and will fill you in by the end of the week end.”
My thanks to Dr. Sam and Glenda Nugent for creating this wonderful opportunity to get more school people interested in the many uses of poetry in the classroom. It’s a rare chance and I’m most grateful.
If you haven’t shared the link through your own social media circles — or even if you have — I hope you will give the link a boost. And if you can figure out how to use the tweet platform that Sam mentions, please give that a try too! Here’s how he describes it.
“The #MoRdr is exactly a twitter thing. If you are not using Tweet deck (free and supplied by twitter) your feed is probably almost incomprehensible. With tweet deck you set a column (say #MoRdr) Any tweet containing that shows up, nothing else. Let’s you easily talk about one topic AND see who’s saying what about it. Otherwise you get to search for it within the hundreds (thousands) of tweets in your feed. As I said, incomprehensible! Besides the # if they always include the link at least some of their friends will click on it and voila more readers. I call it a “cyber word of mouth” way of distributing.”
I’m waiting for the announcement from Sam Bommarito any time with new numbers but I need to prepare for my second presentation here at SCIRA and I can’t wait to tell you what I know so far since the new issue of the electronic journal was released yesterday morning. When Sam publishes his report, I’ll share the updated information with you here too.
During its first day of publication, the poetry issue of Missouri Reader logged more readers than it did during the entire first month of the previous issue, quite a lot more. I think many of you played a role in that rather astounding statistic by viewing it yourselves and sharing it with those in your social media circles. It must be making quite a difference as we work to spread the word about the effectiveness of using poetry in the classroom.
I can’t thank you enough but of course I’ll keep urging you to continue to help share the journal and ask friends to do the same. Here again is the link. https://joom.ag/o1ta
There is more to this issue of Missouri Reader but a large section of it is dedicated to poetry. My thanks again to Sam Bommarito and Glenda Nugent for all their work to create this special issue of the Missouri IRA journal.
To see the entire issue, click on this link. https://joom.ag/o1ta To turn pages, hit the arrows at either margin. To increase font size, roll the top of your mouse forward or backward. To move around the page, move your mouse where you want to be. In the poetry section you’ll find beautiful articles by Mary Jo Fresch, Tim Rasinski, Eric Litwin, Melissa Cheesman Smith, William Kerns, Betty Porter Walls, and Molly Ness. My article also highlights our friend Susan Hutchens, April Halpin Wayland, and Missouri poets Constance Levy and Peggy Archer. Together it’s a joyful tour of how poetry enriches the learning experience of students and it provides numerous ways for teachers to make it all happen.
I hope you will give this issue a read and share it with as many people as you can. It is highly unusual to dedicate so much of an entire journal to the subject of poetry. Sam and Glenda have done their part so now I’d like to see the link shared as widely as possible. I haven’t asked if the editors would allow articles from this issue to be reprinted in other reading journal across the country, but I feel confident they would be happy to discuss that possibility as well as other ways of getting out the word!
Yesterday Mary Jo Fresch and I placed an article with the Missouri Reader for the Fall 2017 issue. We also moved a step closer to finishing the book with Scholastic. Mostly all it needs now is to tidy up teacher and student input. Our editor plans to start some early buzz before much longer so that was good news too.
I spent the day making small changes in the desert story and finished just at 6:00. Today I start again on page one and do it again. This will be my final time through so when I complete this one I’ll be ready to send it away. I’m really happy about that!
I just head from Dr. Sam Bommarito, Reading Specialist/Staff Developer (retired), and new Co-Editor- Missouri Reader, that my recent article in Missouri Reader is now available live https://joom.ag/SMZQ . I’ve happy to hear it and hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t seen it already.
Today is Day 2 at the current poetry workshop at The Barn near Honesdale. Good thoughts are going out to its leaders (Rebecca Dotlich and Georgia Heard) as well as to the poets who are this minute enjoying the opportunity to work and play together as they hone their poetic skills.
Last night Sandy and I attended a most thought provoking discussion/debate at Drury University by Carl Bernstein and PJ O’Rourke who addressed the issues of the current presidential candidates with plenty of historical overview about what has led to the prevailing political environment and widespread hostilities toward it. We were glad to be invited.