I have been having fun reading some of the posts and comments from days gone by here at the Write 6×6. Thank you all for the fun and inspiration. I was especially influenced by The STEAM Hub’s work with Haiku poetry. I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve always been comfortable with syllables, almost effortlessly babbling my way through the day one syllable at a time. At a recent education conference, a colleague from Japan reported that if we’d only pay attention, we’d learn. At first I felt a chuckle at the obviousness of this, but in time I began to see the profoundness of it. How much of our lives is spent without attention? This semester, I began on day one by asking my students to “pay attention.” No matter how frighteningly complex, drearily mundane, or fabulously fresh our educational task, learn. Our successes and our failures, our laughter and our tears, they provide teachable moments. Pay attention, and one moment at a time, we find our way to all that we desire, for that way is paved with learning. Here’s the set of sobering syllables:
I’m late. I didn’t post the last two weeks because I got that upper-respiratory thing going around and it lingered with me. Also, because the topic of professional growth is rather large in my life right now and not the easiest thing to write about. So I’m going to write about something else that I’m doing to work on my vocabulary and poetry writing skills.
With the help of some good and very smart friends, I’ve been part of a Word of the Day group who write smart, usually science-based mini essays using new vocabulary words. They are masters at weaving these into science and personal stories. Me however, I’m not that good, nor do I have the time. So I reply with Haiku. Nothing fancy just trying to keep the meter and intent without breaking all the rules. I will share a few of the better ones with you now. Hope you enjoy them.
Too hot for February
But good for my cough
“Would be” leaders eat their own
Ad hominem meals
My true guardian angel
Science is my rock