Parents and Teachers are Partners

When I taught in school, I would include the poem below in the parents' welcome packets. It reminds parents how their participation at home is very important and that we work together as a team to educate and encourage their children. My favorite part is the last passage. ☺


I dreamt I stood in a studio,
And watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind,
And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher—the tools she used,
Were books, music, and art.
The other, a parent—working with a guiding hand,
And a gentle loving heart.

Day after day, the teacher toiled
With a touch that was deft and sure.
While the parent labored by her side,
And polished and smoothed it o’er.

And when at last, their task was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had molded into the child,
Could neither be sold nor bought.

And each agreed they would have failed
If each had worked alone,
For behind the teacher stood the school,
And behind the parent, the home.

- Author Unknown

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Camille said...

I love this poem! Every year I read it to parents at Back-to-School Night. It is so true!
An Open Door

Brittney said...

What a great poem to share with the parents! :)



Runde's Room said...

I love this poem! I'm responsible for making the program (and the slideshow) for the grade 8 graduation every year, and I include this poem on the back of our grad programs.
Runde's Room

Curly T said...

I was getting my stuff ready for MDO yesterday and "working together" is a part of my welcome letter. I'm going to include this poem too. Thanks!

Inspired Writing Teacher said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL poem! Thanks so much for sharing!!! It will be a new tradition for me to give this to parents at the beginning of the year.


Jennifer said...

I'm going to have to add this to my Meet the Teacher Night information! Love it!

Rowdy in First Grade