A long time ago, I discovered the often used poem that says something like, "You're a very special person and I want you to know..." Well, having been at a multi-age school, I kept some of my students for up to three years, so I started looking for more poems that would 'talk' to my students and give them something to think about for their own futures.
I would say these poems are more appropriate for older students who can think in more abstract terms to understand the meanings of these poems.
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*Keep searching for answers
…but never stop asking questions.
*Keep your good common sense
…but don't forget to use it.
…but remember the difference between "done" and "well done".
*Keep your feet on the floor
…but let your love for learning soar.
*Keep turning in your library books on time
…but never stop checking them out.
…but soil your hands with hard work.
*Keep yourself in your own space
…but let your thoughts mingle with those of others.
*Keep your sense of humor
…but share it when it will make someone else feel better.
…but clutter your mind with knowledge.
…but speak loudly and proudly when presenting your ideas.
Student Name, I hope you will always know that the only real mistake you can make is not to learn from your mistakes. Use your life to make the world a better place and to make the lives of those around you better. As always, remember that if you work for it, you can achieve it!
Teacher’s Name, Month, Year