A thank you poem : My Ode to Teachers.
Another school year draws to a close and our youngest daughter prepares to say goodbye to a much-loved teacher. I’m so grateful to him, and teachers like him, for his enthusiasm and dedication. I say thank you in my thank you poem to teachers, my Ode to Teachers.
The end of an era.
It’s the last day of term at schools across Nottingham. However, for Emily’s school it’s also the end of an era as they bid farewell to a much-loved teacher, Mr. OJ.
For Mr. OJ, this school is as much a part of him as he is of the school. It’s in his blood and I know it will be an emotional moment when he switches off the lights in his classroom and bids his final farewells. You see, Mr. OJ was a pupil at the school. Later he returned as a trainee teacher, before becoming a full-time member of the teaching staff eight years ago.
Our school’s loss is very much another school’s gain.
Emily loves Mr. OJ. The news of his impending departure hit her hard. Most children look forward to the end of term, but she’s been dreading this day all week. She knew it would be a very sad day and told me yesterday she’ll probably be able to fill ten cookie jars with her tears…I think I might need some of those cookie jars myself because I’ll miss Mr. OJ too.
I wish I’d had a teacher like Mr. OJ when I was Emily’s age. If you’d asked me back then to imagine my perfect teacher, I would imagine someone just like him.
Mr. OJ is the ‘Bouncy Bouncy Tigger’ of the teaching world (or any world, to be honest). His enthusiasm and zest for life is infectious, his energy boundless. He always seems so cheerful and optimistic, (although I think even he will find it hard to be cheerful today as he says his goodbyes).
A fitting tribute to a special teacher.
To mark Mr. OJ’s last day at the school, the pupils hatched a plan to give him a fitting send-off. In a top secret operation, they asked everyone (including teachers) to dress up in outfits to show all the things Mr. OJ loves and is passionate about. How lovely to turn up to school today to see superheroes, footballers and Star Wars characters swarming through the gates, not to mention the headmaster dressing up as a superhero too.
If Mr. OJ didn’t already know it, the sea of costume-clad children and teachers that greeted him, (as he walked into the playground to collect his class for the last time), bore testimony to just how much he means to everyone.
Emily donned her Star Wars Rey costume once again as a tribute to him. She may have been all smiles this morning, but I’ve no doubt it will be a different story when I pick her up at 3.30pm. By that time, it will be beginning to sink in that her beloved teacher will be teaching different pupils at another school next term. I’ll expect I will need to get the cookie jars ready.
You see, Emily and Mr. OJ are fellow geeks. They share a passion for superheroes, comics and Star Wars. She loves chatting to him about superhero movies she’s seen and comics she’s read.
Not all superheroes wear capes.
Not all superheroes are able to shoot laser beams from their eyes or lift a car with their little finger. Some superheroes have powers that are more subtle, but just as awesome. Mr. OJ’s superpowers are his infectious joy, his enthusiasm and his passion for teaching. He really cares for the children he teaches and encourages them in their endeavours, big and small. And, like many of the other teachers at Emily’s school, he instils confidence in the kids, providing them with a safe and supportive environment where their individual personalities and strengths are nurtured and developed. How blessed our children are to have such a lovely school environment.
Goodbye and thank you, Mr OJ.
So, it’s the end of an era.
A bittersweet day.
Emily will miss you, Mr. OJ, but I know she’ll never forget you, your passion or your kindness.
Thank you poem for teachers.
Here’s my thank you to you and all the amazing teachers, (Like my secondary school biology teacher Mrs. G, who came to my wedding and is my Facebook friend still), who leave a legacy long after the final bell:
An ode to teachers
Another school year’s come and gone and soon you will be free
To rest your pen, your teacher’s voice, you’ve time to simply ‘be.’
Sometimes, you wonder how you even made it through the year,
You had it sussed, you’d planned your term, then brand new rules appeared.
But please don’t be discouraged and please don’t ever quit,
Thirty hearts and minds you’ve shaped, and that’s not all, I’ll bet.
There’ll be some who’ve been shown kindness when there’s not much shown at home.
There’ll be those you’ve helped to reach their goals and spurred them on to more.
To some you’ll be a hero, making learning so much fun,
They never thought they’d grasp those bits but you showed them how it’s done.
So when you wonder why you give so much to such a calling
Be assured you’ve given wings to children’s dreams with all that learning.
When times are tough, when politics can drive you to despair
Remember all the good you’ve done, the passion that you’ve shared.
League tables may not always show the time you have invested
But dwell instead on other ways your work can be attested.
Like thinking of the kids who’ll say you really are the best,
Despite when homework time comes round or you’re handing out a test.
And as you close the classroom door on one more year that’s passed,
You’ve taught, you’ve cared, you’ve nurtured, made impressions that will last
Far beyond their years of learning, as they strike out on their own
‘Til they’re walking their own children down the path towards a school.
Over to you.
Whether you are a teacher or whether you remember those teachers who’ve made a lasting impression on you, I’d love to hear from you.
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That’s so lovely . It’s so emotional when someone moves on from your child’s life isn’t it ? My sons teacher this year was just amazing and he’ll get a new one next year – I nearly cried saying goodbye to her and she’s not even leaving the school ! Great teachers are very special #fortheloveofblog
Aw, I was so emotional too. You realise those teachers have made such a positive impression on your kids and it really gets to you. Thanks for your lovely comment.
Lovely poems, there are just some teachers you will never forget. I still remember my favourites #fortneloveofblog
Yes, its only when we stop and reflect that we realise their lasting influence on us.
Lovely sentiment and message – as a teacher I feel like we’re getting into ‘teacher bashing’ times again so this was so lovely to read and be reminded that we ARE doing an important job and that lots of people do appreciate us and think we need our holiday (rather than begrudging us it). What a lovely idea of the children’s and Mr OJ sounds very special indeed and that he has his priorities right. I am not a ‘bouncy, bouncy tigger’ type of teacher (secondary school kids wouldn’t go for it as much anyway) but I hope by being calm and warm I have a positive impact too. Thanks sooooo much for taking the time to write an ‘ode to teachers’ – that’s so kind of you and you’ve certainly made my evening. x #fortheloveofBLOG
Its so lovely to get a comment back from a teacher and know that my post has been encouraging. I agree, you can’t be bouncy in secondary school as readily…It just works so well with Emily’s age group because he makes learning so much fun. It really gets to me when folks start teacher bashing. I admire teachers so much because its a calling and I couldn’t do it!!! I’ve popped in and helped the kids read or helped with their maths and I have sound the one on one time with those kids so incredibly rewarding. But nowadays, so much is expected from teachers…with little reward…It doesn’t cost a thing to say ‘THANK YOU,’So this is my thank you!
What a thoughtful tribute to teachers. I really think they don’t get enough credit sometimes. Their job is stressful and challenging. My hat goes off to all of them! Thank you again for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG!
Thanks for your comment, Sarah.
Aw this is lovely – I remember when I was at school how emotional it can be when a teacher you loved moved onto another school. This is such a thoughtful tribute to Mr O.J! #fortheloveofBLOG
Thank you 🙂
Jane this had me welling up! I had a teacher just like Mr oj . I was so upset when she left and she genuinely is the person tat encouraged me to write and be the person I am. I often wonder who I’d be if she hadn’t been my teacher. Such a beautiful post and sentiment for Mr oj #dreamteam
Ah, thanks so much Geraldine. I missed your comment somehow and just noticed it. It’s lovely when we have our own memories of special teachers that have influenced us. And as you say, we are all the better for it!
This is such a lovely tribute. It’s hard for the kids when it comes to the end but it’s also hard for the teachers too. I was very lucky to have such a lovely form and on my last day they surprised me with lots of lovely gestures. Yep, I was bawling my eyes out and then had to go and give a speech. :-/ #dreamteam
Aw, I’ll bet you were a lovely teacher!I’ll bet that was a very hard day when you knew you would be moving on to pastures new…But you’ve certainly done very well in your blogging life so far!!
It is so important to recognise the work of teachers. So often they are criticised by the playground mafia, who can’t see beyond their own child’s shortcomings and not given the recognition they so rightly deserve. As you say in your lovely poem: league tables don’t show the real picture – there is so much more to teaching than that (thank goodness!) Alison x #DreamTeam
SO true, Alison…What’s the phrase ‘If you can’t say something nice…’ It’s all so easy to fall into the trap of critisizing rather than recognising the good work and effort that teachers (and others) put in. Thanks for your comment.
A lovely poem, and as a teacher it’s nice to know that you are appreciated and can make a difference. Sadly, in the frantic nature that is the job its sometimes hard to stand back and take stock.
I hope Mr OB has seen this and knows how appreciated he is too.
Mr OJ has seen it! He was a bit overwhelmed I think but he really deserves thanks, as do so many other amazing teachers. Thanks for stopping by, Amy, and for your lovely comment.
Aw. That’s a really touching tribute.
Hats off to wonderful teachers who are changing lives for the better.
A lovely poem and fitting tribute for teachers. As an ex-teacher myself it has been so nice to see the positive recently rather than always here the negative!
#dreamteam #triballove xx
Thanks, Katie. I didn’t realise you used to be a teacher (or I did know and forgot…Equally likely)
I’m glad you liked the poem. 🙂
Wow, what a brilliant idea for everyone to surprise Mr O.J. It must have been very emotional all round. Fingers crossed he get to see your post and how much his work was appreciated. We definitely need to be singing from the rooftops about star teachers, they really do have such a huge impact. Thank you for linking up to the #dreamteam
Ah, thanks for lovely comments Annette. My OJ saw the post and he was a bit speechless. I also wrote him a long message in his leaving card and he mentioned something about needing cookie jars too 😉
I got proper choked when you told me about Mr OJ, the world needs more blokes like him. And definitely more teachers. I reckon most of my teachers would be better suited to your ‘chin hair poem’ than this beautiful ode here! #KCACOLS
Ha! I’m not sure when my chin hair poem will get a wider viewing 😉 Perhaps one day. Is it bad that I like making people get choked up and emotional?!! Thanks for your lovely comment…And I obviously do not have chin hair…
This is so touching! Sounds like he is an amazing and dedicated teacher. Sometimes I think we don’t thank teachers enough for all of their hard work. #KCACOLS
Thanks for your lovely comment, Nicole. You know, he gave Emily his home email so she could stay in touch and share all of her superhero news with him 🙂
What a truly brilliant post. Mr OJ sounds like the perfect teacher and I felt Emily’s sadness for her – I had a teacher like that once too. Teachers get a lot of flack but they are a different sort of person, not everyone can be a teacher, it is tough and demanding but when they get it right the difference they can make on children’s life is unquantifiable. I was lucky enough to have several amazing teachers who all played a part in making me who I am and helped me achieve things I never thought I would. Here’s to all the teachers out there! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. Xx
Wow, thanks for such a lovely comment! It made my morning! So lovely to hear that you’ve had some amazing teachers making an impression on your life too.
I’ve actually read your poem before, it was on a facebook post somewhere. Well done it’s so good. I love that line about showing kindness where some won’t have that at home. Good teachers are awesome! Hope Emily wasn’t too sad after. #KCACOLS
Lovely tribute. My son has only just finished his first year at school so I can’t say much about his teachers yet. But I do remember some wonderful teachers from my school days x #KCACOLS
I really hope he has some wonderful inspirational teachers crossing his path, Emma. Thanks for commenting!
How lovely. I’m sure Mr OJ will miss everyone as much as they will miss him. As a teacher I really enjoyed reading your post, it’s great for people to show appreciation and let someone know the impact they have had and how they are thought of. Thanks for sharing. #KCACOLS
Thanks so much for your lovely comment and I am really delighted that teachers like yourself are encouraged by it 🙂
Oh this is lovely! Teachers do an amazing job, and are quite often not appreciated enough, it’s lovely to read posts acknowledging how great they are! x #KCACOLS
What a lovely idea dressing up was! I’m sure it is something Mr OJ won’t ever forget! Its great to see teachers getting the acknowledgement they deserve #KCACOLS
A lovely tribute! I am sure he feels honoured! #KCACOLS
Thanks for your lovely comment, Jacqui and thanks for popping by!
Teachers far to often are under appreciated. Glad to see this one has had such a positive impression on your family. #KCACOLS
I agree. He really has made quite an impression. Thanks for stopping by, Jenn!
What a wonderful tribute and a great Star Wars send off! So lovely that he got to see this post too and knows how much he’s appreciated. Thanks for sharing this lovely post. #KCACOLS
Hi Ruth, Yes. I’m glad Mr OJ liked the post. I hope teachers like him are reminded frequently that they are appreciated by those who benefit from their hard work.
‘Given wings to childrens dreams’…beautiful line. Wonderful poem x
Great post. It is sad to think of when a good teacher leaves. I am sorry for your daughter, but she will always have those memories with her. Lovely poem! #KCACOLS
Thanks, Jen! She has been given Mr OJ’s email so she won’t lose touch completely 🙂