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The Teacher’s Prayer

I am working my way back into blogging on a daily basis. This is a wonderful poem about becoming a teacher. Children are a gift from God to teachers, parents, and grandparents.


He does not go to church.
He has no religion,
but he works in a school
and uses books and pencils.

He sits beside the children of God
then looks deep in their eyes.
They write the words he reads,
he reads the words they write,

and the smile on his face
enlightens their heart,
and the smile in their heart
enlightens his soul,

and I do not doubt
that God the Father
will answer
the Teacher’s Prayer.

© Frédéric Georges Martin

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

21 responses »

  1. Thank you for sharing! Really a wonderful poem. We can learn much more from the kids if we are willing to accept. Have a nice Friday! 😉 Michael

  2. as a teacher, mother and grandmother, i thank you for this lovely poem

  3. mysticwriter2002

    Awesome post sir😇

  4. I will never forget my best teachers. A gift to students, to be sure.

  5. Heart warming. I can just see them looking in each other’s eyes. What a beautiful poem.

  6. So beautiful! (‘∀’●)

  7. A moment when I was poor, I decided a life of teaching wouldn’t be economically feasible. Instead I choose a business career. Now I feel poorer for the decision.

    Thanks for the poem.

  8. Very Lao-Tsu of you. Reminds me of a funny from the past. “No matter where the road of life takes you, wherever you go, there you are.”

  9. Pingback: The Teacher’s Prayer — Teacher as Transformer – muddled musings of a mangled mind

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