Tuesday, May 4, 2010
As a teacher I participated in many Teacher Appreication weeks. I celebrated many holidays with my classes. And until I became a parent did I realize the fast pace life that families lead. To take time out during the busy holiday season to think of the person that spends almost 8 hours a day with your child is tough. I have done last minute thank yous already to Charley's wonderful preschool teachers and have regretted not taking more time in that moment.
Back when I was a teacher I always was a little unsettled when Christmas came and went and there wasn't even a note to say Happy Holidays. Teachers think of their students as family and it always hit me during that time of year how teachers are often forgotten.
It is Teacher Appreciation week. Take a moment and jot your child's teacher a note. You don't have to go spend a bunch of money or buy some stinky candle or lotion. Instead, take a moment and write them a note that tells something you appreciate about the job they are doing for your little one. Share a moment that stands out to you. BE SPECIFIC. Give them a moment of recognition. To a teacher, a gift certificate to Starbucks, is delightful. But a note from a student or parent, that can be placed in a special folder or box...and pulled out on a tough day is priceless.
Teachers put in extra hours cutting out creative shaped construction paper to make learning fun. They spend extra hours planning lessons that go above and beyond the typical lesson presented in the math instruction manual. They spend hours reading your child's work and taking time to write feedback and praise. Teachers run around all day putting out playground fires that errupt among these little beings that have so much to say with little time to process the proper way to share their feelings. Teachers spend their lunch hours returning emails and calling parents back. Teachers dust their own rooms, tear down bulletin boards, and when they move classrooms..it is all done on their watch and with their muscles. Teachers work together to share and implement teaching techniques that will better meet your child's needs while dealing with issues that weren't even around when we were growing up. Teachers give hugs, pats on the back, offer advice, and a listening ear. Teachers often hear little things about your family that you don't realize your child is aware of. Teachers advocate for you child whether they need a little extra challenge or a little extra help.
Teachers spend almost 40 hours a week with your child. Take a moment to jot them a note of appreciation this week...even if it is on a post it note, slapped in their assignment notebook. An email works. But tell them, even if there are things that are bugging you, what impact they are having on your child. Team up with them. Get to know them. They put in the time. They put in an effort that requires an energy that must be neverending. They are on stage each day making learning fun, exciting, and entrancing. Teaching your children that learning is a life long gift that they are in control of. And your child's education can be stronger if you take the time to know their teacher.
Take a moment and thank a teacher...or a daycare worker...give a little love and it will come right back at you or your child :) Don't let your child's teacher feel unappreciated, underpayed, or overworked. Give them a boost that makes them remember that all their hard work is worth it - because they know your child is worth it.
at 12:35 PM Posted by For the Love of Naps - Sarah