TAP's 5 favourite poems to say thank you to your teacher

TAP's 5 favourite poems to say thank you to your teacher

Here at Thank and Praise, we love the idea of poetry as a way of expressing gratitude. And there's no doubt that sending poems to say thank you to your teacher can be a heartfelt and personal way to show how much you appreciate them at the end of term. So read on to discover our favourite thank you poems from around the web and how to send them to your favourite teacher using TAP's digital thanking platform.

What is the best message for a teacher?

We all know that teachers work incredibly hard, their role is pressured, and their time and resources limited - so it's important to show your gratitude. After all, children spend a lot of time with this special person, who not only teaches them academic skills required by the curriculum, but is a mentor, role-model and teacher of life-experience too. The best message for a teacher is one that comes from the heart - and capturing that in a work of poetry is perfect.

A poem to say thank you to a teacher is a great way to express gratitude in a more novel and meaningful way than with a traditional thank you card at the end of term. Choose a poem that resonates with you, that celebrates the things about your teacher that you love, or reflects experiences that your child has shared. It can be funny, or sentimental - it's up to you. You can even write your own poem for that personal touch!

Read more about the benefits of gratitude here.

How to send a poem to a teacher

Sending poems to say thank you to your teacher via TAP's digital online thanking platform, makes it even more special. It's really quick and simple to do - all you need is the teacher's name and school, and your message in the form of a poem, and we'll do the rest! You can either post your poem to the public education thanking wall, so all your friends, family and other teachers can see your words, or you can send a private message if you prefer. Either way, a using a poem to say thank you to a teacher will brighten their day and make all that hard work worthwhile. And this goes for nursery teachers too!

So in celebration of our wonderful educators, here are 5 of TAP's favourite poems to say thank you to your teacher:

1. A Teacher for All Seasons

A teacher is like Spring,
Who nurtures new green sprouts,
Encourages and leads them,
Whenever they have doubts.
A teacher is like Summer,
Whose sunny temperament
Makes studying a pleasure,
Preventing discontent.
A teacher is like Fall,
With methods crisp and clear,
Lessons of bright colours
And a happy atmosphere.
A teacher is like Winter,
While it's snowing hard outside,
Keeping students comfortable,
As a warm and helpful guide.
Teacher, you do all these things,
With a pleasant attitude;
You're a teacher for all seasons,
And you have my gratitude!

- By Joanna Fuchs

2. Teachers

Teachers proudly stand in front of the class
With knowledge and influence en masse,
Igniting a flame in curious minds
Proficiently as the lessons unwind.
Teaching, a calling that burns deep inside
To instruct thirsty, inquisitive minds.
Installing passion that leads to success.
Inspiring pupils to give of their best.
Encouraging scholars' creative gifts,
Praising, applauding whatever it is.
Those who are taught well live well, get ahead.
Blessed are the teachers, it has to be said.
It doesn't go unnoticed, the work involved
Developing great people to evolve.
All humble, nurturing teachers out there,
Thank you all for your compassionate care.
Those who go on to find their hopes and dreams,
Remember the teachers who cast the beams.

- By Beryl L Edmonds

3. Ripples

The future of the world
is in your class today
So teacher do be proud
and trust in what you say
For every word you utter
and everything you do
can realign a destiny
for him and her and you

- By Mark Bird

4. Gratitude to Teachers

When we stride or stroll across the frozen lake,
We place our feet where they have never been.
We walk upon the unwalked. But we are uneasy.
Who is down there but our old teachers?
Water that once could take no human weight-
We were students then - holds up our feet,
And goes on ahead of us for a mile.
Beneath us the teachers, and around us the stillness.

- By Robert Bly

5. I Will Strive to be Just Like You

I will strive to be just like you
A happy smile, contagious to all,
With a heart of gold that never falls.
As my role model, you set the bar high,
But you've taught me all I can do is try.
As my friend, you support me,
Helping me achieve goals I never imagined I could reach.
As my teacher, you motivate me
To become the best I can possibly be.
You're always there to help others,
Putting yourself second and acting like a mother.
You're a very admired teacher
Who's caring, kind, and smart.
Whether I like it or not,
You're always here for me
And with my best intentions in your heart.
I always know you'll have my back.
The way you love to help others learn
Is something for which I will always yearn,
And one day when I'm a teacher too,
I will strive to be just like you.

-By Cristen Ottesen

We hope you loved all these wonderful poems to say thank you to your teacher, as much as we did. So why not send one to a special teacher today?

Find out more about Thank and Praise's mission to help spread messages of gratitude and appreciation to those working in the education, healthcare and social care sectors.

Explore how to become a TAP user organisation and set up a thanking wall for your school.