World Teacher’s Day 2014 – 5th October 2014


Well, what better day to make my return to the educational blogging world than one which falls in the lead up to World Teacher’s Day 2014!

Taking into consideration the special meaning of today for my fellow teachers and I, I have decided to post a selection of poems and quotes which express how important and influential teachers can be in their students’ lives.

So, I dedicate these quotes and poems to all the NQTs out there both employed and unemployed (like myself) as a source of motivation, support and encouragement to keep going in the pursuit of your teaching career no matter what stage you are at. Always remember the reasons why you entered into the world of teaching and know that your passion for this vocation as well your dedication to the students you have met or are yet to meet will lead you towards the right place and the right time for success, prosperity and happiness!

Just keep swimming!

A Teacher for All Seasons
A teacher is like Spring,
Who nurtures new green sprouts,
Encourages and leads them,
Whenever they have doubts.
A teacher is like Summer,
Whose sunny temperament
Makes studying a pleasure,
Preventing discontent.
A teacher is like Fall,
With methods crisp and clear,
Lessons of bright colors
And a happy atmosphere.
A teacher is like Winter,
While it’s snowing hard outside,
Keeping students comfortable,
As a warm and helpful guide.
Teacher, you do all these things,
With a pleasant attitude;
You’re a teacher for all seasons,
And you have my gratitude!
By Joanna Fuchs

If I Could Teach You, Teacher
If I could teach you, teacher,
I’d teach you how much more
you have accomplished
than you think you have.
I’d show you the seeds
you planted years ago
that are now coming into bloom.
I’d reveal to you the young minds
that have expanded under your care,
the hearts that are serving others
because they had you as a role model.
If I could teach you, teacher,
I’d show you the positive effect
you have had on me and my life.
Your homework is
to know your value to the world,
to acknowledge it, to believe it.
Thank you, teacher.
By Joanna Fuchs

The Best Teachers
Teachers open up young minds,
showing them the wonders of the intellect
and the miracle
of being able to think for themselves.
A teacher exercises
the mental muscles of students,
stretching and strengthening,
so they can make challenging decisions,
find their way in the world,
and become independent.
The best teachers care enough
To gently push and prod students
to do their best
and fulfill their potential.
You are one of those.
Thank you.
By Joanna Fuchs

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Prayers at Winter Time



I think it has become quite apparent that Winter is well and truly upon us with some people even waking up to flurries of snow this morning! Below are a number of prayers that can be used within the classroom to acknowledge the season of Winter and all it has to offer us…apart from possible frostbite! 🙂



Beauty Of Winter

“God of creation, thank you for the beauty of winter- for snow, icy window panes, evergreen trees, warm coats, sledding, and hot cocoa. Let us enjoy Your creation in all its glory, this winter and always. Amen.”

Road Safety

“God of safety, keep me and my loved ones safe on icy roads. Help me pay attention and drive cautiously. Grant me energy and patience if the drive takes longer than usual. Keep me warm and safe from harm. Be with me, be with me, be with me, in Your loving and precious name. Amen.”

Recovering From Winter Illness

“God of power and might, be with [insert person’s name] as he/she recovers from a winter illness. Warm him/her in the light of Your love, that he/she might find the time, rest, and treatment to feel better soon. Remind [insert person’s name] that he/she is Your beloved child and that You are with him/her during this illness, and always. Amen.”

Teaching World History Through Popular Culture



The below link illustrates children studying 7th Grade History connecting what they learn in the classroom with popular culture in the world around them. I am very impressed with this idea and I believe it has the potential to not only work in conjunction with teaching History but also within Religious Education as we are constantly looking to find ways to connect certain topics within Religious Education with the personal lives of our students.

Would you be interested in doing something like this is your classroom? 🙂