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“On the two school days of your assigned teachers’ convention, you have a legal and professional responsibility to attend convention. If you are not able to make it safely to your assigned convention, however, your collective agreement may include impassable roads or inclement weather clauses that you can access. If your collective agreement does not include language specific to road conditions or weather, you may make use of the personal leave clauses of your agreement in most cases. Please be aware that using any of these types of leave may require you to pay substitute costs, forego a portion of your salary and benefits, or report to your school or another work location in your district. Refer to your collective agreement for more information. Should you require any additional information or if you need assistance interpreting your collective agreement, please contact Teacher Employment Services at 1-800-232-7208 or 780-447-9400.”
This information is also found on the Frequently Asked Questions page on the www.ataconventions.ca website. If you have any further questions regarding this, please contact Daniel.Maas@ata.ab.ca.

Friday, February 23 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Slam Poetry: A Hook for Engaging All Students with Poetry

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Poetry is one of the most polarizing subjects in the English Language Arts classroom. Before it is studied formally, most students will have decided whether they love it or hate it, and it can be Herculean task to convert the haters. As a self-proclaimed "poetry hater," I stumbled across slam poetry in the late 2000s, and it radically changed my opinion of the genre. In 2012, I founded a high school slam poetry team and that year, our top poet was asked to audition for the national team. In 2019 we won the top group poem award, and in 2020 we won the Can You Hear Me Now? Provincial Slam Championships. Aside from a being a great extracurricular activity for students, slam poetry is also the avenue I use to bring poetry in the classroom and just like it did for me, slam poetry has gone a long way to converting the poetry haters. This session will include discussions on both the formal study of poetry and slam poetry as well as slam poetry as an extracurricular activity.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Teacher, Rocky View Schools
Andrew Smith has been a secondary English Language Arts teacher since 2008. He was a self-proclaimed poetry hater from grade four - when his attempts at romantic poetry did not win him a date - until he discovered slam poetry in the late 2010's. That small discovery - perhaps the... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Imperial 8 - HYATT HYATT