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

July 08, 2014 1 min read
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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, consultant, 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, teacher, 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, teacher, 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.

Images by iStockphoto | Design: Stacey Decker


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