When your staff has been working hard at a particularly challenging task, use this poem of encouragement to thank them for their efforts and inspire them to keep going. You might print out the poem on nice paper and send it as an email or put it in staff members' mailboxes. The poem invites them to enjoy a special treat at lunchtime or immediately after school. You might adapt the last line of the poem to reflect the special treat you have chosen for them.
Keep On Swimming
Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl;
The one was wise, and a cheery soul.
The other one took a gloomy view
And bade his friend a sad adieu.
Said the other frog with a merry grin,
I can't get out, but I won't give in --
I'll swim around till my strength is spent,
Then I will die the more content.
And as he swam, though ever it seemed
His struggling began to churn the cream
Until on top of pure butter he stopped,
And out of the bowl he quickly hopped.
The moral, you ask? Oh, it's easily found!
If you can't get out, keep swimming around!
Now, hop on down to the Teachers' Lounge,
Where some crackers and cheese can be found!
Mark Lukert, principal (retired), Lakeside Elementary School, Coppell, Texas.
If you would like to learn more about Mark or the workshops he conducts through his consulting company, Precision Team Building, contact him through his Web site, http://www.marklukert.com/.