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THE HAIKU CHALLENGE!

July 1st, 2009
Time to let your creativity burst forth like the blowhole at Punakaiki! Photo (c) Rachel Bolstad 2008

Time to let your creativity burst forth like the blowhole at Punakaiki! Photo (c) Rachel Bolstad 2008

As I was walking to work today I was thinking about Twitter and Facebook, and how I’ve become so used to composing short “status” messages about what I’m doing or thinking that I sometimes find myself composing little updates in my head, even when I don’t necessarily bother to post these online. If I was a truly dedicated Twit (Twitterer?), of course I might send updates from my mobile phone directly to the web, but since I have to cross so many busy roads on my journey I figure it’s in my interests not to be texting while I walk…

Anyway, I was thinking about why it’s so satisfying to compose a good status update. It’s hard to explain to a non-Facebooker or Twitterer, but there is something that just feels sooo good about sharing a little snippet of information in a surprising, funny, or creative way – and the fact that status updates are so short means you have to choose your words judiciously. And this made me think of another short text form that I am also pretty keen on: The Haiku.

And so I am issuing: THE HAIKU CHALLENGE!

I hereby invite you all to compose your own haikus about what shifting to 21st century thinking about learning and education means to you. You might want to draw on any of the material you find on shiftingthinking.org as an inspiration! You can post as many haikus as you like (as long as they are on topic of course!).

My preferred haiku structure is the 17  syllable 5-7-5 form I learned at primary school, but I am open to variations.

Below I offer my humble first efforts

WONDERING
Shifting our thinking
A group of people blogging
Who else is out there?

AT LEAST WE’RE HAVING A GO, EH?
What is schooling for?
One small question calls to us
We try to answer

DID YOU SEE THAT SCENE IN THE NEW STAR TREK MOVIE?
Schools of the future?
Young Spock learns alone in pod
I hope that’s not us

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