Poetry Fusion: The Key to 21st Century Skills

Hybrid Learning

As we approach the 21st century, our students face a future that requires a set of skills that are not adequately addressed in traditional school curriculums.  In Daniel Pink’s book, A Whole New Mind, he states, “[Right brained] aptitudes so often disdained and dismissed…will increasingly determine who soars and who stumbles” (27).  Poetry is the ideal vehicle to help students attain and utilize Pink’s six senses: Design, Story, Sympathy, Empathy, Play, and Meaning; however, poetry is daunting to both students and teachers alike.  But introducing poetry into your classroom is easier than one would think, and the results can be astonishing.  In this session, the presenter will share how you can integrate poetry into your curriculum utilizing technology, as well as how high school students can be transformed by its influence.


Kerri Schweibert
Assets High School
Kerri Schweibert received a B.A. in English Education from Stony Brook University, a TEFL certificate in Barcelona, and an M.A. in English literature from Queens College.  Born and raised in New York, she spent time traveling and studying abroad before deciding to settle down in Hawai’i.  She has been teaching English at Assets High School for the past 5 years.