Sunday, December 24, 2006

There'd Better NOT Be Any Creatures Stirring....

I should have posted this on Thursday, but I shall add it to the other things on the road to Hell. (paved with good intentions)

'Twas the Teachers' Night Before Christmas

'Twas the days before Christmas,
And all through the school,
The teachers were trying
To just keep their cool.

The hallways were hung
With Christmas art
(Some made in November
to get a head start!)

The children were bouncing
Off ceilings and walls,
And seemed to forget
How to walk in the halls.

When out of the teacher's lounge
With "holiday shirts"
And "jingle bell jewels,"
The teachers looked festive
Enforcing the rules.

Suddenly, from down the hallway
There came such a chatter,
The principal went in
To see what was the matter.

The teachers were hiding
And trying to refuel,
On coffee and cookies
And treats from the Yule.

When what to their wondering
Ears do they hear,
But the ringing of school bells
- It's the children they fear!

More rapid than reindeer
The little ones came,
And the teachers all shouted
And called them by name;

Walk, Vincent! Walk, Tanner!
Walk, Tyler and Sammy!
Sit, Jamie! Sit, Laura!
Sit, Tara and Tammy!

To your desks in the room!
To your spots in the line!
Now walk to them! Walk to them!
No running this time!

So straight to their places
The children all went.
With fear of detention
Where they could be sent.

With manuals of lessons
Cradled in arms,
The teachers began
To use all their charms.

But the lessons presented
All fell on deaf ears.
The children were thinking
Of Santa's reindeer!

With a toss of their hands
They put manuals aside,
Went straight to the cupboards
Where videos hide.

And laying their finger
On the TV remote
They sat back to write
Their last Christmas note.

But you could hear them exclaim
At the end of the day -
Have a wonderful, happy and


Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

Merry Christmas!!

12/24/2006 7:00 PM  
Blogger ms-teacher said...

And, playing videos was exactly what I did :) Loved this poem and hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

12/26/2006 12:13 AM  
Blogger Adeline said...

nice, i like it. especially the part about teachers hiding. can you believe i taught right up to the last bell? actually, i tested, such a crusty old hard one I am.

12/26/2006 12:23 AM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

Very funny, and very apt. Thanks for the laugh, and if this holiday isn't as long as you promised, I'll be back.

12/26/2006 4:01 PM  
Blogger Mister Teacher said...

Very nice! Though I do have to comment on your students' names. Tanner? Tyler? At MY school, the verse would have gone something like this:
Walk, Nay-Nay! Walk La'Shondra!
Walk, Don'trell and Teondra!

12/27/2006 8:43 PM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

Mr. Teacher- those are the names at my school, too. We even have a Tay-Tay, only it's spelled TaTa (as in flash them bodacious...).

12/27/2006 9:58 PM  
Blogger Bellezza said...

You are as fina a poet as California Teacher Guy! I'm so impressed! I couldn't get anything to rhyme to save my life. But, I enjoyed reading your stanzas. It's comforting to know other teachers who feel as I do. I'm looking forward to more blogging with you in 2007. Thanks for visiting me today! Bellezza

12/28/2006 8:57 AM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

People, I didn't actually write this- it was sent to me in an email, author unknown. I just thought it was clever and cute. I'm so flattered that you all think I actually composed such a clever poem. Those who know me know better. :)

12/28/2006 6:07 PM  

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