Guest Post–My Wish for You

I had the honor of guest posting for Angela Maiers this week.  I finished up my “My Wish for You” poem  and gave it to Angela to share with her followers. Thought I’d share a pdf version of the poem here as well if you’d like a copy to print. Feel free to use and share as you please. Click here for a copy: My Wish for You poem by MrsTG

Now, while the poem took some thought, my true challenge is LIVING it throughout the year. I’m going to mess up. No doubt. I pray on those days I can take responsibility, apologize, and learn from my mistake. Most of us would expect that from our students. Do we expect that from ourselves as well?

Have a great year! I’m looking forward to learning a lot from you, my friends and colleagues.


My Wish for You

This is a draft of a poem I’m writing for my 5th grade students as we begin a new school year in a couple of weeks. Would love feedback!

My Wish for You

The Sound of a Wish by ilmungo on Flickr

I wish…

That you wake up and feel okay about school,
          that some days you LOVE going to school,
                         that you never dread going to school.
          That every day we LAUGH out loud together.
          That every day we enjoy music and DANCE.
          That you feel safe.
          That every day you have something GOOD to say
               when your parent asks, “How was school today?”

That you can tell I care about you
       You might FEEL angry at me sometimes,
            like you feel angry with your parents sometimes,
              but I want you to KNOW that I sincerely care,
     all the time,
      no matter what.

That you set an example of kindness for those older and younger than you.
      That you are kinder than necessary because you understand
             that you can’t possibly know everything each person is going through.

That you enjoy learning.
           That you think of things in ways you never have before,
              That you realize you are part of  GLOBAL community,
                That you responsibly contribute.

That you see how your writing can make a difference.
        That you understand the practice we do,
        That you receive real responses.
        That you write something of which you can feel proud.

That you absolutely fall in love with reading
            that you continue to love it if you already do,
            that together we find “The Book” that gets you hooked this year if you don’t.
I can’t say this enough,
I wish for you all to discover the POWER of reading.

My wish for you this year is that you contribute to making this world a better place for everyone.

My wish for myself is I make all of this possible for you.

-Mrs. T.G. 🙂





We were writing poems last week in class. For this introduction to poems this year I tried to stress three main aspects of poetry: poems look like poems, poems are usually about things for which you feel strongly, and there are very few rules with poetry.  What do you think? Are those three the most important aspects, or would you stress other aspects of poetry?

Also, here’s my personal contribution to the poems that were written in class last week.

by Mrs. T.G.


You are bored?

How can you say you are bored?



You mean you have NOTHING to do?


Are you so DULL that you can’t even thing of ONE thing to do?

Not ONE thing?

       Not one book to read?

            Not one sentence to write?

                 Not one science experiment to try?

                      Not one puzzle to make or solve?

                           Not one story to imagine?

Well, then,

You should not say you are bored,

You should say you are boring.