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  • I have totally remodelled my five senses poems workshop. I have evaluated the effectiveness of my objectives and realised that children do not like to rework a story.

    Instead of taking them through their early morning experiences before arriving at school I will just ask them to jot down what they saw, tasted, felt and smelled during the workshop. One child complained,

    “I don’t know what I smell when I wake up in the morning.”

    I hope that I can enable the ten and eleven year olds to fully appreciate the world around them by the end of my three sessions with them.

    Two children out of twenty were able to write a thoughtful account of their experiences.

    “I woke up to see my brother smiling at me and he warmed my heart.”

    “The water felt fresh and cold as it drizzled over my hands.”

    “My mother yelled angrily up the stairs.”

    Perhaps something is lost when the children transfer their thoughts and feelings into words on paper. I think I will try and record the children speaking about their lives and ask them to write a poem during the last workshop.

    I was really surprised how welcoming the teachers in each school were towards me when I entered their domain; the staff room. They did not appear guarded in the way. They chatted about their day to one another and showed a polite interest towards my activities. It is so different my experience of the hierarchy in Dorset further education colleges; where I was just a lowly part time lecturer compared to the rank of full time lectures and management.

    I love the gentle friendliness of Irish people
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