Also see Teacher Poems, School Days and School Day Page Ideas.

Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task. (Haim G. Ginott)

Page Toppers



(William Arthur Ward)

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.

What's Really Important

No written word nor spoken plea
Can teach our youth what they should be.
Nor all the books on all the shelves,
It's what the teachers are themselves.

I Will Be Good

I will not yell in class.
I will not throw things.
I will not get mad.
I will be good...
because I am the teacher.

Preschool Teacher Sentiments Album

I asked each parent for a wallet-size photo of their child and a quote "I love Ms. Cindy because . . . " I put one child to a page, and a title page where I wrote, "Like flowers in a garden we have bloomed in your care" with grass and flower stickers. I decorated each page differently with a printed-paper background 4.5 x 6.5 and stickers on two edges. For example, one page had cranberry gingham paper and insect stickers along two edges. I copied the quotes on white paper squares I placed beside the child's picture. (cmc Memphis)

Angels Among Us

(adapted by Pam in TX)

Teachers and Angels
help us spread our wings and fly,
urge us to take risks and catch us if we stumble,
see the smallest and simplest of things as a reason to celebrate.
A Teacher's and an Angel's work is never done.

Dear Teacher,

(Eden Taylor)

Today I turn some of my little child's life over to you. It is not easy for me, because I held him so tight when he was newborn, and I taught him and he felt the love of his family.
But today a new chapter in his life begins, and for a few hours I will not be there to answer his questions, Kiss his bruises . . . to "save him" from some pain, but you will be there. Be kind, for he is small. He has so much to give and so much to learn.
And so for those few hours when he is yours. Remember, I held him tightly; I share his dreams, his hopes. Give him love and help him learn. And when the day is over, send him home unharmed.

Teacher Thank You

Thank you Mrs. . . . . . for the job that you've done.
You've enriched our lives, each and every one.
We'll think of you fondly with each passing year
As we build on the foundation that you started here.

The ABC's of Teaching

(compiled by Denny Davis)

A apple, art, arithmetic, alphabet, achievement tests, addition, algebra, ability, adjectives, adverbs, activities, appreciation
B books, bulletin boards, band, book reports, bus, blackboard, board members, birthday party
C children, crayons, chalk, classrooms, colors, consonants, computers, creative, career day, cafeteria duty, communication, conferences, conjunctions, counting, crafts, counselor
D desks, discipline, division, decorations, decisions, demonstrations, discussion, documentation, divisor, dedicated
E English, experiments, eager, eraser, effort, excited, extra-curricular, easel, education, emergency drill, encouragement, enrollment, exceptional
F field trips, fractions, fun, field day, feedback, facts, first day, fundraisers, future
G grades, glue, geography, globe, geometry, graduation, goals, grammar, gym, games, gifts, graduation, great kids, great teacher
H holidays, history, handwriting, homeroom, home economics, health, hall pass, handprints, helper, hugs
I instruction, imagination, inquisitive, intelligent, individual, interesting, important, ink
J journalism, junior high, judgment, just, job chart, June at last!
K knowledge, kickball, kindergarten, kids, kindness
L learning, lesson plans, lunch, lockers, library, loudspeaker, lab, laminating machine, language, letters, leader, listening, teacher's lounge
M math, music, microscope, multiplication, meetings, metric system, make-up test, manners, mascot, memories, mid-terms, Monday
N notable, notes, neat, nature, numbers, notebook, nouns, nap time, names
O objectives, overhead projector, observant, odds and ends, open house, obedience, office, outstanding
P parents, parties, programs, plays, P.E., playground, patience, pencils, pens papers, progress reports, principal, physics, prepositions, pronouns, painting, penmanship, perfect, pop quiz, presentations, printing, projects, pupils
Q quizzes, quality, quality time, quiet time, Quiet, please!, query, questions, quotient
R reading, report cards, reports, recess, ruler, room mother, resources, respect
S science, social studies, spelling, sports, students, subtraction, skills, Spanish, social skills, spelling bee, subjects, seminars, safety patrols, school pride, sharing, show and tell, staff, substitute, sum
T teacher, typing, tests, term papers, teacher's aide, teacher appreciation, terrific teacher, thinking, trying
U understanding, unique, uh-oh!, uncovering talents, unsurpassed, uppercase
V valuable, vowels, visual aids, verbs, very smart, videos, volunteers
W wisdom, words, writing, work days, walking, water fountain, welcome, wonder, whispers
X eXtra special, eXcellent, eXciting, eXperiences, eXtraordinary
Y yearbook, youth, yelling, yes ma'am, yippee it's Friday!, youth
Z zany, zealous, zoo trip, zest for teaching, zero, zillion reasons why I like to teach

Include the names of students, special projects, field trips, programs, etc.

What Really Matters

One hundred years from now, it will not matter
What kind of car I drove or what kind of clothes I wore.
All that will matter is that I made a difference
In the life of a child!

(change 'I' to 'you' in an album for a teacher, coach or daycare provider)

Teacher's Album

This makes a great end-of-the-year gift. I had taken pictures all year in the classroom. I was a homeroom mom, so I had field trips, parties, assemblies, etc. Then I did groups of kids standing in front of a bulletin board full of flowers they had made. I put the pictures in a Sentiments album and had the kids sign their names. The last pages were the groups. I put grass stickers and flowers under all the pictures and printed these words: Like Flowers in a garden, we've bloomed in your care. I put one or two words per page. My daughter's teacher cried when she got it. For Christmas, you could give a started album and add to it through the year.

Teacher Album Idea

This album is a little different than usual.
Each two-page spread has a nursery rhyme on the left page and a picture of one or two children illustrating the poem on the right. Each poem begins with a sticker letter and the rest is written with a wide-tip pen. The four outside page corners have simple designs using stickers that go with each rhyme. We had a party and photo session to take all the pictures in one afternoon. We printed the pictures 5 x 7" and put them in an 8 x 10" album. (Amy S.)

You May Be an Elementary School Teacher If...

If you answered yes to four 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 eight or more, well, maybe it's too much in your soul--you should probably begin thinking about retirement.
If you answered yes to all twelve, forget it--you'll always be a teacher, retired or not!

Real Teachers...

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