Celebration Fortnight — Day 7
Each day during our celebration we will focus on a single aspect of the Foundation. Today THF Education Committee Chairpersons Brad Bennett and Jeannie Martin tell us about the variety of educational resources to be had on the THF site.
In 2016, The Haiku Foundation’s Education Committee introduced a new blog feature, Teaching Stories, posted on the 15th of each month. Teaching Stories is designed to spotlight the creative and effective ways we teach haiku to kids and adults, in the classroom and out in the world.
Some of this year’s posts were written by well-respected veteran classroom teachers who shared their expertise. Tom Painting (Teaching Story 3), Charles Trumbull (Teaching Story 4), and Randy Brooks (Teaching Story 9) talked about working with middle school, high school, and college aged students, respectively. Other posts focused on teaching to groups outside the classroom. Jeannie Martin (Teaching Story 1) shared her experiences teaching haiku in a nursing home and Terri L. French (Teaching Story 2) interviewed Bob Moyer describing a game of “Exquisite Syllable” he uses to introduce haiku to adults.
In 2017, look forward to Amy Losak’s account of inspiring second graders to write by sharing haiku written by her mother, haiku poet Sydell Rosenberg. And Susan Antolin will share some of her experiences teaching haiku to elementary school-aged children by focusing on nouns.
Please join us in this ongoing discussion about teaching haiku by responding to a post or contacting us with a teaching story you would like to share!
Once a year we ask the haiku community to help us meet our financial challenges. We reserve the period from Thanksgiving through St. Nicholas Day, the time our culture has has set aside to note our many blessings and show our appreciation. Thank you to those of you who have already contributed. If you have not done so yet, please take this opportunity to help us continue our work — details on our donation page. Again this year we have the support of an anonymous angel who will double your donations — for every dollar you commit, the Foundation receives $2. Please help us make the most of this generous offer, and thanks in advance for your support of The Haiku Foundation, and of haiku itself. We wish you a most happy holiday season.
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Sharing stories and discussions are some of the best ways to learn. So many years ago, when I was a professor in special education at NEIU in Chicago, we had many wonderful conversations in methods and other classes. Large group discussions, and also small group activities, etc. This is a challenging way to teach, as it was also important to provide structure and some closure, along with feedback in a careful and encouraging way. Many would be teaching their own classes the next day. Others were earning their initial teacher certification.
Always more to learn. This is a great idea and thanks to all. I have a lot of research questions and am sure many answers are already here.
All the best, Ellen
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