• A Box of Crayons

    While walking in a toy store
    the day before today,
    I overheard a crayon box
    with many things to say.
    "I don't like red!" said yellow.
    And green said, "Nor do I!"
    And no one here likes orange,
    but no one knows quite why."
    "We are a box of crayons
    that really doesn't get along,"
    said blue to all the others
    "something here is wrong!"
    Well, I bought that box of crayons
    and took it home with me
    and laid out all the crayons
    so the crayons could all see.
    They watched me as I colored
    with red and blue and green
    and black and white and orange
    and every color in between.
    They watched as green
    became the grass
    and blue became the sky.
    The yellow sun was shining bright
    on white clouds drifting by.
    Colors changing as they touched,
    becoming something new.
    They watched me as I colored.
    They watched till I was through.
    And when I'd finally finished,
    I began to walk away.
    And as I did the crayon box
    had something more to say...
    "I do like red!" said the yellow
    and green said, "So do I!"
    "And blue you are terrific
    so high up in the sky."
    "We are a box of crayons
    each of us unique,
    but when we get together
    the picture is complete."
    Now if we could just learn from this box of crayons
    this world would be a better place.
    Shane DeRolf


    In Honor of Teachers
    by Ronald Reagan

    Teachers, You are the molders of their dreams
    The gods who build or crush
    Their young beliefs of right or wrong.
    You are the spark that sets aflame
    The poet's hand or lights the flame
    of some great singer's song.

    You are the god of the young,
    the very young
    You are the guardian of a million dreams
    Your every smile or frown
    can heal or pierce the heart.

    You are a hundred lives, a thousand lives.
    Yours the pride of loving them
    And the sorrow too.

    Your patient work, your touch
    Make you the goals of hope
    Who fill their souls with dreams
    To make those dreams come true.


    A Teacher's ABC

    A is for the abundance of questions and yearning
    B is for both inward and outward beauty
    C is for creative learning
    D is for doing it over 'til it's right
    E is for the effort you pour into preparing into each night
    F is for watching how far we can go
    G is for seeing us blossom and grow
    H is for reaching for that star so high
    I is for imagination, for the courage to try
    J is for joy in touching a child's life in a meaningful way
    K is for kindness you bring children each day
    L is for the love of teaching we see
    M is for the "me" you're helping me to be
    N is for never being to busy to pray
    O is for overcoming our desire to stray
    P is for positives you bring to each
    Q is for the quintessential way to teach
    R is for your willingness to give us a reason
    S is for teaching us to appreciate each season
    T is for touching those that sit before you
    U is for understanding our fear of all that is so new
    V is for the vitality you show each day
    W is for every wonderment you bring our way
    X is for the extra special teacher we see
    Y is for our sense of yearning to be, and
    Z is for the big "yahoo" sent from your very own "zoo"!

    Author Unknown


    I Didn't Know

    I didn't know that years of school and a college degree would be of little consolation when facing a room full of bright little eyes on the first day of school. I thought I was ready...

    I didn't know that five minutes can seem like five hours when there is idle time and an eight hour school day far too short for a well-planned day of teaching.

    I didn't know that teaching children was only a fraction of my job. No one tells you about the conferences and phone calls, faculty meetings and committees, paperwork and paperwork...

    I didn't know that it took so long to cut out letters, draw and color pictures, laminate-all for those bulletin boards that were always "just there"...

    I didn't know that I would become such a scavenger, and that teaching materials would feel like pure gold in my hands...

    I didn't know that an administration and co-workers that support and help you could make such a difference...

    I didn't know that there would be children that I loved and cared for and stayed up late worrying about, who, one day, would simply not show up. And that I would never see them again...

    I didn't know that I can't always dry little tears and mend broken hearts. I thought I could always make a difference...

    I didn't know that the sound of children's laughter could drown out the sound of all the world's sadness...

    I didn't know that children could feel so profoundly. A broken heart knows no age.

    I didn't know that a single "yes ma'am" from a disrespectful child or a note in my desk that says "You're the best!" could make me feel like I'm on top of a mountain and forget the valleys I forged to get there...

    I never knew that after one year of teaching I would feel so much wiser, more tired, sadder and happier, all at once.

    And that I would no longer call teaching my job, but my privilege.



    Are You A TRUE Elementary School Teacher?

    Let's Find Out:

    1. Do you ask guests if they have remembered their scarves and mittens as they leave your home?

    2. Do you move your dinner partner's glass away from the edge of the table?

    3. Do you ask if anyone needs to go to the bathroom as you enter a theater with a group of friends?

    4. Do you hand a tissue to anyone who sneezes?

    5. Do you refer to happy hour as "snack time"?

    6. Do you declare "no cuts" when a shopper squeezes ahead of you in a checkout line?

    7. Do you say "I like the way you did that" to the mechanic who repairs your car nice?

    8. Do you ask "Are you sure you did your best?" to the mechanic who fails to repair your car to your satisfaction?

    9. Do you sing the "Alphabet Song" to yourself as you look up a number in the phone book?

    10. Do you say everything twice? I mean, do you repeat everything?

    11. Do you fold your spouse's fingers over the coins as you hand him/her the money at a tollbooth?

    12. Do you ask a quiet person at a party if he has something to share with the group?

    * If you answered yes to 4 or more, it's in your soul--you are hooked on teaching. And if you're not a teacher, you missed your calling.

    * If you answered yes to 8 or more, well, maybe it's *too much* in your soul--you should probably begin thinking about retirement.

    * If you answered yes to all 12, forget it--you'll *always* be a teacher, retired or not!