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Slice of Life: Celebrating Teacher Appreciation with a Poem #TWTBlog #SOL19

Ode to a Teacher

Drink what’s meant to be hot when it’s cold

And what’s meant to be cold when it’s hot

Eating lunch at one’s desk

A relaxing experience it is not


The words “Please may I quickly …”

Accompany most requests

Adult conversation

Happens rarely at best


Hydration never happens

No time to relieve

Short days, summers off

That’s what some folks believe


Promotions, bonuses, and raises

Are paid with smiles, growth, and hugs

Patience, enthusiasm and energy required

Most days end feeling like a slug


Classroom books are often paid for

Out of one’s own pocket

Memories of students are priceless

Treasured in one’s heart like a locket


No better colleagues can anyone find

Smart, creative, humorous, and kind

Conferences, report cards, and recess duty when cold

Students sharing their heart, that never gets old


Spirit days, field trips and wearing your PJs to work

Reading books for a living is just one of the perks

Still getting to celebrate snow days and delays

New markers and post-its make one’s day


Some say teaching is thankless

The external rewards are few

But who needs appreciation

When your calling is true

In honor of teacher appreciation week, I will be giving away a copy of Debbie Miller’s book, What’s the Best That Could Happen?  Take a moment to share what you love about being a teacher in the comments below by Friday, May 10.  I will use a random number generator to choose a winner.  The winner will be announced on the blog on Tuesday, May 14

Thank you to all the teachers I have the privilege to learn with every day.  You inspire me, humble me, and truly overwhelm me with your dedication to children and learning.


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    Laura Mossa
    Posted at 10:25h, 07 May Reply

    As a reading specialist, I love supporting striving readers to become more confident readers. I also love getting to know students as readers so I can personally recommendbooks that I know they will .enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Chris Margocs
    Posted at 10:28h, 07 May Reply

    I could nod my head at each of those lines…and my current classroom is the library! I love teaching students skills that I know they can use for a lifetime–getting to know themselves as readers, researchers, consumers and producers of information. What I like best is the smile of excitement on a child’s face when they’ve found the book they’ve been waiting for, and when I see pairs of students sharing books, heads bent over the text.

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    Lisa Corbett
    Posted at 10:41h, 07 May Reply

    I love teaching reading and math. But I really love teaching social emotional skills. I love pulling a read aloud off a shelf and using it to spark conversation about some recess craziness. When my students emotionally connect with a character in a story and finally seem to understand how they have been like the character…that’s what I love.

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    Amanda Pitzele
    Posted at 10:42h, 07 May Reply

    I love
    seeing my students smile
    As they come in.

    Growing readers and writers
    Makes me feel so the best

    I get excited about their learning
    And seeing the independence show.

    Playing house, running races,
    I just love those silly faces.

    The things they say
    Even when they think I can’t heat
    Give me such a chuckle.

    I love my students inside and out
    Do I really have to let them go to first grade?

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    Erika Victor
    Posted at 11:21h, 07 May Reply

    I love your poem! My favorite thing about teaching is…getting to learn along with amazing students! (and reading aloud, and so much more!).

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    Lynn Grainger
    Posted at 12:34h, 07 May Reply

    I totally enjoyed your poem. My favorite things about teaching are the sense of community within a classroom and the “ah ha” moments across all areas of the curriculum.

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 15:32h, 07 May Reply

    I love teaching kids to write. When they realize the power of their words to make a difference, and that the whole process does not require perfection– just bravery and the recognition that their words matter.

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    Diane Dougherty
    Posted at 19:13h, 07 May Reply

    I loved laughing every day; I loved greeting students at the door and exchanging pleasantries with them; I loved reading and responding to student writing; I loved that I was being paid for something I would be doing anyway–reading, writing, responding, talking.
    And…I loved your poem which succinctly describes who a teacher is!

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 20:58h, 07 May Reply

    Your ode hits every thing we love and live with teaching! So well written. Thanks for taking the time to put your appreciation for this complicated vocation into words.

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    Gwen Blumberg
    Posted at 00:02h, 08 May Reply

    The best part of teaching is sharing books with kids! I love reading children’s books and then getting them into kids hands or reading them aloud telling the children, “I thought of you when I read this.”

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    Jenn Whitt
    Posted at 00:26h, 08 May Reply

    The best part is helping students reach their full potential and getting the privilege to help them develop on their journey. Instilling confidence, growth mindset and empathy rank in the top perks for me!! Of course fitting the right books at the right time in the hands of the right reader to help their journey is wonderful too.

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    Jeannine Baggott
    Posted at 01:20h, 08 May Reply

    I love the hugs I get all through the day!

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    Aubrey Zitzmann
    Posted at 15:36h, 09 May Reply

    I love the connections with students!

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