We love Poetry Month! Time to slow down and take in the sweet deliciousness of beautiful words. Time to dig deeper, let loose our imaginations, and examine thoughts and emotions in a different way. Most likely, you spend most of your efforts collecting poems that will strike a chord with your students, so we’ve collected 10 amazing poems about teaching just for you—to inspire, amuse and tap into the deep connection we all have with this crazy yet lovely profession.
1. A Teaching Fantasy by Margaret Hatcher
If only it were this effortless!
2. A Teacher’s Lament by Kalli Dakos
Yep—teachers are human too!
3. Room 19, Eakin Elementary by Diane Gilliam Fisher
When words create such a colorful picture.
4. Subject to Change by Marilyn L. Taylor
You can’t really understand the connection until you’re in it.
5. Raising Their Hands by Julia Lisella
Wise observation, and patience pays off in the classroom.
6. Teaching Dreams by Cecil B. Morris
The best part of teaching—having an impact.
7. Marked for Life by Janie Reinart
Every reading teacher is familiar with this scenario.
8. Opposites by Eileen Snook
Some days …
9. What Teachers Make by Taylor Mali
Puts into words what so many of us feel in our gut.
10. Forced Entry: To My Students, With Love by Margaret Hatcher
To be bold as a teacher.
For more poems about teachers and teaching, check out these amazing collections:
- Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry About School edited by Maggie Anderson and David Hassler
- Bearing Witness: Poetry by Teachers About Teaching edited by Margaret Hatcher