Education Haiku: Three Lines, 17 Syllables (or So), on Learning

We asked Education Week readers to send us their original haiku about schools, teaching, learning ... anything related to education. The poems included the touching, the troubling, the light, and the dark. Writers of many ages participated. You’ll find some of our favorites below.

Teachers light a flame,
But how long the fire burns
Is out of their hands.

—Stevie Gray
Physical education teacher
Glebe Elementary School, Arlington, Va.

What I see as my
Breathtaking erudition
Adolescents don't

—Eva Lee
7th/8th grade ELA/special education inclusion teacher
Northeast Middle School, Meridian, Miss.

Are words true power?
Can they help children today?
Education can.

—Brian Wagner
English teacher
Abraham Lincoln High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

A school can be home
In the midst of upheaval
Learning, a new path

—Laura Keyes Ellsworth
Mother of three, former journalist
Moving with her family from Virginia to Vietnam this summer

Once were slide rules and
paper pen and brain alone
hashtag dinosaur

—Monique Presley
Marketing and events coordinator
Education Connection, Litchfield, Conn.

Learning from the learned
Knowing that of ancient text
Gaining thought and mind

—Josh Reese
Rising 7th grader
Paragon Charter Academy, Jackson, Mich.

Standardized testing:
Bubble sheets, pencils, time’s up!
Who benefited?

—Maria D. Whitsett
Moak, Casey & Associates, Austin, Texas

Forty pound backpacks
No longer! We have tablets
Now I’m going blind

—Matt Richmond
Research analyst
Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Washington, D.C.

Homework done, you say
Blackboard shows otherwise, dear
'Copter blades whirring

—Deena Ackerman
Mother of a rising high school student
Arlington, Va.

A crying student
Empty counselor’s office
Who will help him now?

—Heather Marcus
Public Relations Committee Member
Philly School Counselors United, Philadelphia, Pa.

Counting the days while
outside summer sun beckons
just one more worksheet

—Deborah Eve Barolsky
Arlington, Mass.

“Up” he tells me “Up”
as I record his data
the bubble floats, escapes.

—Maggie Briand
ESOL teacher and staff development teacher
Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools

I teach many things
But one lesson stands out. We all
Get what we pay for

—Andrew Saltz
The Paul Robeson High School for Human Services, Philadelphia, Pa.

Learning is ruined
Summer is calling my name
I can smell freedom

—Marissa Noland
Rising 7th grader
Paragon Charter Academy, Jackson, Mich.

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