I have always loved this poem. It really sums up how we feel about our students. They are our children. As a child growing up with a mother as a teacher, I resented “her kids.” It was not until I got older and became a teacher myself with my own “kids” that I truly understood how my mother could call them her own.
This poem by an “unknown author” is even more poignant as I think of those selfless teachers who died protecting their students at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It really hits home because we all know, that we would do the same. They are our children, too.
I shared this poem with my students’ parents. I wanted to do whatever I could to ease their anxiety and let them know that I too would do anything for their child.
I have included a girl version of the poem in both styles.