One of the Foundation’s signal interests is education: in the general sense of elevating the discourse about haiku in the community and in the general public, but also in the specific sense of offering opportunities for teachers and students alike to gain access to great poems and ways to engage with them. After more than a year of work, we are able and pleased to announce the release of the Education Wall on the THF site. This feature—a wall because it is an edifice of educational opportunities—is primarily the work of Ellen Olinger, a noted teacher and poet. It offers instructional formats for teachers of children from kindergarten through junior and senior high school, with plans for college and adult education to follow. We release it now to give teachers a chance to consider how to integrate it into their work at their leisure, rather than on the run during the school year.
We hope you will find these lesson plans, and the philosophy behind them, to be just what you need. But more, we hope you will share your own plans and strategies with us, and that these too can become part of the Education Wall. Ideally, we’d like to see the Wall become the single necessary and sufficient resource for teachers of all age groups, and with your feedback and additions we feel it will become just that. Please make your comments available to us using the Contact page.
Addendum: We’ve already added a lesson plan for Junior High School students from Tom Painting. Perhaps you have a lesson plan to share?