Celebrating You! World Teachers' Day 2015

Celebrating You! World Teachers' Day 2015


Every child deserves the greatest gift of all… the gift of learning… and learning from a teacher that cares not only about teaching the facts but also creating a world in which children love to learn.

In the spirit of World Teachers’ Day, we celebrate the millions of educators across the globe who dedicate their lives to doing the sweetest thing—helping ALL children grow into eager, lifelong learners.

Here’s to you!

The Sweetest Thing: A Teacher’s Story

by Dona Herweck Rice

You have a mind

That wants to know

The things there are to learn.


You have a heart

That wants to find

The things it can discern.


I see your mind.

I see your heart.

I want to help you grow.

That’s why to be your teacher is the dearest thing I know.


You question things,

Examine them,

Dig in to find what lacks.


You wonder why,


Uncover all the facts.


I hear you ask;

I wonder too.

I want to help you grow.

That’s why to be your teacher is the finest thing I know.


You’re capable,


Skilled and oh so clever.


You’re on my mind.

You’re in my heart.

The greatest students ever!


I am your guide.

I am your friend.

I want to help you grow.

That’s why to be your teacher is the sweetest thing I know.

Do you want to put this poem in your classroom? We made it printable! Feel free to download this poem, print it out, and hang it somewhere memorable.

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Happy World Teachers' Day!


Author bio

Dona Herweck Rice

Dona Herweck Rice, Former Editor-in-Chief for TCM

Dona Herweck Rice, former editor-in-chief for Teacher Created Materials, currently serves as an educational consultant in the areas of writing, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for children. Dona has extensive teaching experience and has authored single titles for the education market, for grades Pre•K –12 across all content areas, including language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, and the creative arts, including many titles in the TIME For Kids Nonfiction Readers, Science Readers, Reader's Theater, and Early Childhood Themes lines.