Thursday, May 7, 2009

A thoughtful gift

It's teacher appreciation week and my principal gave each of the staff members at my school an pencil organizer with a poem on it below. I know it's was such a simple thing but it really touched my heart. I love the sentiments behind this poem and would love to think it's true about my teaching.
Once upon a time there was a wise man
who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking
on the beach
before he began his work.
One day he was walking along
the shore.
As he looked down the beach,
he saw a human
figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think
of someone who would
dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster
to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw
that it was a young man
and the young man wasn't dancing,
but instead he was reaching
down to the shore,
picking up something
and very gently throwing it
into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused,
looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that
there are miles and miles of beach
and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely.
Then bent down, picked up another starfish
and threw it into the sea,
past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one."
Happy Teacher Appreciation week to all you other teachers out there making a difference one student at a time.


Kim said...

I love this poem and I think it is so true. I still remember all the teachers I loved. So you are makting a difference!

Brittany Ann said...

I, too, love this poem. It's so important for teachers to remember this. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Funnyrunner said...

SO true... and not just for teachers... just for life, I think. We do make differences, no matter how small.