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It's Always Hard to Say Goodbye, Even for Teachers — Make Heartfelt Cards

written by: Kellie Hayden • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 3/2/2012

You may be leaving the classroom due to an illness, graduation, retiring, etc. Students like to know that they were a special part of your life during the school year. These special farewell poems for students can be written in homemade cards.

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    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.

    Write a Farewell Poem Writing a Class Poem

    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.

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    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

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    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.

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