Poetry by CARYL CLEM:
At last, your time-RETIREMENT
Relax, sit back and reflect:
Mrs. G. wonders, how can a school year be over?
Doesn’t learning demand a 24/7 time slot endeavor?
Her mind keeps spinning, imploring, exploring,
By the end of summer, she’s back, invigorated,
Ready to try unique ways to keep students motivated.
Your creativity evident in themed bulletin board presentations,
As personally designed 1960’s car dot roads across states.
Spurred by curiosity, students research famous landmark information.
“Road Trip” signs symbolize travel, visually stimulate.
In your class, students imagination traveled outside the pages
Sympathizing with characters going through various stages.
During English, students write about their heroes and champions,
Colorfully portrayed in pamphlets with explanations,
Absorbing the art of vocabulary, conquering meaningful inquiry,
Evolving as an author in a diary,
Experiencing reading and writing coordination.
Native American Indian history, redefined along new lines,
Students build Indian lodging, following environmental designs.
Reporters appear to interview student experiences and perceptions,
Becoming a featured newspaper article full of student illustrations.
In “ Brain Strategies” class , subject of Chicago Tribune coverage
Students discuss understanding the brain as an advantage.
You were ever finding a new angle
Laying a sound education foundation
While increasing student performance and morale.
Through the years, constant character building and molding,
Every student hears from you,” You will always be under my consideration.”
Alongside History, English, and Reading skill forming curriculum.
As students gained confidence, a learning model unfolding,
Knowledge bases scaffolding resulting in a diploma,
Students overcoming drop-out of high school stigma.
You encouraged dreaming, to become what you are perceiving.
Students learned first -hand the power of positive affirmations.
No more challenges of moving stuff in a room to a different location
Or the countdown to the completion of pages of documentation.
May laughter and smiles crowd your days
As you express yourself in new meaningful ways.