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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Limerick Contest Winners

Our online community's top five limericks on how best to improve education.

April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate the month, we had a fun poetry contest where we invited educators to bust a rhyme for education. Specifically, we asked for limericks on how to best improve education.

Drum roll.....the top five limericks with the most votes are in! In addition to bragging rights, they'll also have their limerick promoted on our homepage and in our enewsletter! Plus, they'll get a fabulous bag of art/poetry-inspired goodies!

Thanks to everyone who participated -- we had over 30 pages of submissions!



Dewey or Dewey Not?

Librarians make reading appealing,
Finding books to go with each feeling!
It would be really cool
To have librarians in each school
Because kids' scores would go through the ceiling!

Nancy Brown - 56 votes


Stay Motivated/Stick Together

In September we start with a dream
"Work together as one solid team"
But the year takes its toll
We lose sight of our goal
And by April we all want to scream!

Caitlin Byrne, Teacher - 37 votes


Technology's a Tool

There once was a teacher who reached
Every student she wanted to teach
Her process was cool
Technology a tool
Life-long learners created from each!

Janice Conger, Librarian / Technology/ Media Specialist - 25 votes


IF...

There once a teacher whose writing
was like a passionate muse...
And when she had the chance to write
She'd transform into Dr. Seuss...

If education was a building,
standing like a pillar toward the sky...
Each window so transparent -
no one would dare ask why.

If education was an ocean,
mysterious and deep...
layered with new adventures,
hidden treasures for all to reap.

If education was a garden,
with rows and rows of seeds...
Each nurtured for their potential,
yet blossoming at different speeds.

If education was a tapestry,
no threads would be out of place...
each colorful stitch of the masterpiece
would be like a smile upon its face.

Education is more than any school
or even what you gain passing through...
It's more than just a book of facts,
Or how grades went down or grew.

Education should know no boundaries
or limits to be set,
It should never meet up against clouds of doubt
or be blanketed with regret.

Education is not what you're given
or even what you can be denied
It's not what you scream from rooftops
Or secretly try to hide.

Education is YOU and ME,
HIM and HER, THEM and WE...
It's everything WE can do
to make it all that it can be...

IF...

Melissa Israel, Teacher - 23 votes


Back to the Books

Students born in front of flat screens
Develop brains the size of green beans.
To help them succeed
We must get them to read
To learn from what others have seen.

Jenni French, Teacher - 18 votes


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Robert L. shuck's picture

Congratulations to all who participated and to those that won, Bravo! I think my favorites are "Back to the Books" by Jenni French, followed by "Dewey or Dewey Not" by Nancy Brown

Joe Teacher's picture

Congratulations to the four limerick writers!

The poem "If," though, is unfortunately not a limerick. A nice poem, but not a limerick.

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