It's Always Hard to Say Goodbye, Even for Teachers — Make Heartfelt Cards
Making Farewell Cards
When you are ready to leave the classroom, you can write lovely poems to say goodbye in special cards for each student. Students and parents will appreciate your thoughts and well wishes as you depart, even if you are a student teacher or aide. These special cards do not have to be expensive, and you can even make the paper yourself.
Making the Cards
There are so many software programs available to make cards or special certificates these days. Even if you do not have a color printer, you can print the card off in black and white and add color with markers, paint, colored pencils and/or stickers. If you are leaving for a faraway place, you can use the following download.
You may feel strongly for the group of students and/or people you are leaving. However, you may not be the world's most creative poet. Or, maybe you do not have the time to write a creative poem with all of the things that you need to do to finish up the year or the semester.
The following are templates for poems. You can add students' names in the blanks. The first poem is for a whole class. However, it will allow each student to see that he or she has a special place in your heart when you leave. If you are going to use this poem template, it is important that each student or person in the class or group is mentioned. You can always add a couplet (two rhyming lines) to include everyone. There are 24 lines where student names can be added.
There are also four basic template individual student poems included if you would like to write a poem to each student in the class. The themes for those for poems are as follows: reader, math whiz, athlete and class clown.
Template for Goodbye Poem
For the farewell poem, you can write student names in blanks for a personalized poem. The poem can be changed or tweaked to fit your needs.
Farewell Template Poem
Wonderful memories flood my mind
As I put my brain in re-wind
I think of special characteristics of each person
And will miss all, I am certain
___________________ who tells the best interesting stories
___________________ whose outrageous outfits number in the forties
____________________ whose handwriting is the best
____________________ who can multiply better than all the rest
____________________ whose silly jokes make us giggle
____________________ whose sweet smile is so cheerful
____________________ who dances with finesse and is the finest
____________________ who is truthful and never biased
____________________ who draws the loveliest art
____________________ who always shares and does his/her part
____________________ who is neat and never colors out of the lines
____________________ who always listens and never whines
____________________ who can jump for hours with his/her rope
____________________ who is great at cleaning up with soap
____________________ whose locker is organized and neat
____________________ whose skill at ____________ (sport) cannot be beat
____________________ who follows directions perfectly
____________________ who is polite and shows courtesy
____________________ who collects interesting and cool stuff
____________________ who is kind and never gruff
____________________ who easily gets the teacher off topic
____________________ who is the most wonderful comic
____________________ who is mindful and a great leader
____________________ who loves books and excels as a reader
The shy, the rowdy, the funny and the naughty
This is the group I will always care for strongly
Individual Students Poem
If you want to write personalized poems for all of the students in the class and make each one a special card, you can use these four basic poem templates. You can make small changes to fit each student's personality. These poems have a rhyme scheme of AABB, so the simplicity will make it easy to change up the words.
Poem for Reader
My book lover, my reader
______________ you are a lovely creature
Focusing on characters, conflict and plot
You love novels a lot
Poem for Strong Math Student
Addition, subtraction and division are your logic
___________________ your brain can be measured with a yardstick
Focusing on numbers, symbols, and factors
You love math and precise answers
Poem for an Athlete
Running, throwing and jumping are your body in motion
_____________________ your sports are what you have chosen
By focusing on balls, nets and equipment
Your love for sports becomes your commitment
Poem for Class Clown
Center of attention with all of your silly tales
______________________ your personality is as big as a whale
Your jokes are full of intelligence and whit
Your love for entertaining makes my sides split
Leaving a class can be a difficult time. However, making heartfelt cards with personalized poems for the class and/or individuals will make your last days special.