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"We Are Like Glass"

Each week, Instant Meeting presents an idea or activity that you might use to make staff meetings more interesting, teacher-centered, educational, or fun.

Brief Description/Purpose

This poem offers a thought-provoking and inspiring way to end any meeting. It might also be used as a drop-in-the-mailbox reminder of the role teachers play in students’ lives.

Materials Needed

  • glass stones, one per participant (these very inexpensive and can be purchased in many gardening or home furnishings stores)

Time Required

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Sharing this poem can be done in a few moments at the end of a staff meeting, or at many other times.

"Instant Meeting" Idea

Sharing this poem can be done in a few moments at the end of a staff meeting at the start of the school year or anytime. Or the poem and glass stone might be left in teachers' mailboxes as a reminder of the role they play in students' lives. The poem might be especially purposeful when a teacher/staff is going through difficult times.


"We Are Like Glass"

Glass is a reminder of the strength and fragility
that exists in every on of us.

Like glass, we are beautiful and luminous.
Like glass, we are fragile and shatter without care.
Like glass, we are also strong and powerful.
Like glass, we are reflections of our past.
Like the sands of glass, we can come together,
help each other, and accomplish amazing things.
Take care of the beauty and strength within yourself
and within everyone around you.

This poem is widely credited to the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia.