I've been taking a range of poetry workshops with children in the primary sector. I love the freedom to create, the excitement, the surprise and the satisfaction that writing a poem brings. Actually I've had feedback from teachers that the child who is reluctant to write finished a piece of writing, that a child read out a poem that they might not normally volunteer to do so. In other words writing a poem has created waves, created possibilities in the teaching of writing.
I use a scaffolding of a technique I have developed over a number of years. I've collected really interesting photograhs and laminated them. This allows the child to look at the world from a different vantage point- from the view of a poet.
I learn also. This is most important to engage with my reading public.