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Volume 4 Number 5

Too many people in the general public continue to think that teaching is a job that anyone can do. Wrong! Teaching is a special calling. Teaching is a mission.
Overworked and Under- appreciated - A Tribute to Teachers...
Apple Seeds: Inspirational quotes by Barb Erickson
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Featured School
Classroom Photos by Members of the Teachers.Net Community
Poems Written by Teachers
10 Brave Substitute Teachers and I Love You
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • No More Lip Prints
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Georgia's NCLB Head-Tricks
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Adjectives Worksheet
    Ladybug Pattern
    An End of the School Year Test for First Grade
    Writing Checklist
    Word Family House
    Poem Form
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    On intermural sports at all levels by L. Swilley
    Observing an Outstanding Teacher from The Teachers.Net Substitute Teachers' Chatboard
    May Columns
    May Articles
    May Informational Items
    Gazette Home Delivery:

    Poems Written by Teachers
    10 Brave Substitute Teachers
    by Margy Ferguson a.k.a. "Magoo"

    10 brave substitutes, came to school on time;
    one got the flu and then there were 9.

    9 brave substitutes, think they're really great;
    one forgot her long division, then there were 8.

    8 brave substitutes, floated down from heaven;
    one lost her red pen, and then there were 7.

    7 brave substitutes, learning all the tricks;
    one didn't check the spelling tests, and then there were 6.

    6 brave substitutes, glad to be alive;
    one forgot his recess duty, then there were 5.

    5 brave substitutes, whining that they're poor;
    one moved to Oregon, and then there were 4.

    4 brave substitutes, happy as can be;
    one had an all-day field trip, and then there were 3.

    3 brave substitutes, they know what to do;
    one was lost--no lesson plans--and then there were 2.

    2 brave substitutes, glad the day was done;
    one signed a contract, and then then there was 1.

    1 brave substitute, blue and all alone;
    she ate the school lunch, and then there were none.

    ***bowing to thunderous applause***

    I Love You
    by Jean

    A child grabs my hand in "ownership."
    "Teacher," he calls me. "Miss ______."
    I call the roll and, instead of his name,
    he answers this, "I love you."

    What do I say while the others laugh?
    I'm choked with emotion; words fail me.
    I have to do something, I know in my heart,
    But the words are so sweet, so lovely.

    An "angel" is heckled for loving.
    I have to reprove him - I do,
    Just to set an example
    So the others won't act up, too.

    But the words don't stop with the laughter,
    And the "angel" is not quite through.
    When the other kids giggle, "He loves her,"
    He stands up and cries, "But I do!"

    And my heart sort of pulls at my chest now
    As I call the names left on the list.
    But my heart is waiting to hear once more
    The words that I already miss..."I love you."