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Reflective/Discussion Poems

By Josie Whitehead

Smiling Portrait


By Josie Whitehead


Why do some people seem to shine

      In whatever they may do,

Whilst others lack self-confidence?   

      Oh, I hope this isn’t you.


Why do some people tell themselves

      They’re failures from the start?

Then you will meet them in their lives

      With sadly troubled hearts.


You won’t be born with all your skills.

     You’ll have to work to learn,

But your future lies ahead of you

     And you’ll have to work to earn.


So discover things which you enjoy –

    Those subjects which delight –

And, knowing too, what you’re good at,

     Go forth and shine your light!!!!

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Mother and Daughter Lighting Candles

Note:  MINDSET:   A Growth mindset. Recognizing that you can grow and learn and develop into the person you want to be

I wanted to teach from my first day at school.  I just knew it was the work for me and even though I failed the 11 plus, I held on to my belief.  I taught all my life and have written these poems for you.   11-plus?  Rubbish!  You can do anything if you work hard.          Josie 

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