Now here is a poem by Angela Maiers entitled:
Dear Teacher - The PROMISE Poem
by Angela Maiers
Make me feel special,
Make me feel included,
Make me feel valued,
Smile for me,
Tell me that you’re happy to see me,
Tell me that you’re happy to teach me,
Tell me that you’re happy I am here.
Tell me about our work together
Tell me how I can be of help and mean it genuinely
See all of me,
See my emotions, my laughter, my curiosity, my anticipation
See my right, and I will work on the “wrongs”
PLEEZE don’t just tell me what you know
Show me what I need to know,
Show me how to do it well
Help me when it gets hard,
Help me persevere,
Help me know it matters
I came to you in love with learning
Keep me excited!
Show me the fun
Show me your fire and passion
Promise me that you can.
Promise me that you will.
Promise me that you are ready to…
Love me, help me, engage me, excite me, and teach me
I want to learn.
I want to know.
I want to be your student.
I will return the favor
I will reward you with my attention, my focus, my heart
I will show you what I can do
I will show you who I can be
PROMISE ME?I know I could link back to her website to see the poem and only quote a few lines here, but I just love seeing it all laid out here together.
Besides, this way I can highlight the words I want to (as my regular readers know!)
Thanks Angela, this poem is a keeper for sure!
Do you write poetry or prose…
… that tells your students…
what you expect of them and…what you will give them in return?
Please let me see it.
Photo on Flickr by verrosassi4
[As always, in my author quotes, the underlines, color changes, and bold type is mine, not the author’s!]