A Tribute to Seasoned Teachers

This is one in a series of tributes that recognizes and honours people experiencing transitions of all kinds: career, retirement, health, relationship, and various life stages. Your thoughts, comments and feedback are most welcome!

That first time
It hits like a bomb
The Tuesday after Labour Day
When September means not going back to school.

Teacher, you had everything ready
Curriculum prepped – by month, week, day,
Textbooks, readers, handouts, stickers,
Desks ready for fresh note-paper and sharpened pencils.
Walls coloured with inspiration, tips and ideas,
Teacher, you readied it for us to accomplish, grow,
To learn how to learn.

Now wizened from decades of experience,
Seasoned with chalk residue on fingertips,
You helped prepare generations of kids
Launched them into their portfolio of careers,
Into the world of Work.

Structured by school bells, subjects, and report cards,
Respected role around the world,
Then that first time,
It hits like a bomb
The Tuesday after labour Day
Without a class.

No more school bells, not standing up in front, and now
The day is wide open for your own learning.
Who are you now? What are your dreams Teacher?
What are you curious about now?
New topics, new subjects, Teacher Retired 101
New habits waiting to be created and discovered,
Enjoy this moment Teacher.

Remembering again
Beginner again
Beginners mind
Feeling incompetent,
To play, to explore, to create, to have pleasure,
Just for you.
How will you transition yourself Teacher,
In this space where you have no knowledge?

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3 Responses to A Tribute to Seasoned Teachers

  1. Ruth Tamari says:

    Beverly, thanks for your gracious comments and for sharing that the tribute poem “landed” for you. Teaching and teachers are one of the most important professions/als on our planet. Good luck to you on your transition to your next career or life purpose. I wish for you that this first Tuesday in September offers you a new ritual, a new anniversary and that it launches you on your journey for personal growth and meaningfulness!

  2. Beverly says:

    After one year of retirement from teaching, this poem (or tribute) is truly a place to which I can relate. Having grown up with Dad who was a teacher, the September – May schedule has been my experience for 50+ years. Thanks for your understanding, and your comfort in this, my second September without a classroom and students to attend to.

  3. mariana grinblat says:

    this is a lovely poem, as I also taught and can relate. bravo and thank you for all the wonderful teachers we have. tx for the posting Ruth, Mariana.

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