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3 Ways to Show Appreciation to Teachers

                        Gwen Eden, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction: Urban Education

                  Classroom Teacher, Language Arts and Technology

You know that teachers are working hard every day for your students. They come in early, stay late, give up lunch, and marry themselves to their classrooms--all in the pursuit of raising student achievement and, more importantly, building student character.

With Teacher Appreciation Month upon us, it is a perfect time to remind your teachers that you notice and you honor their hard work. Of course, any time of year is a great time, but we would be remiss if we did not provide you some resources for appreciating your teachers. Here are some ways to do so.

You know that teachers are working hard every day for your students. They come in early, stay late, give up lunch, and marry themselves to their classrooms--all in the pursuit of raising student achievement and, more importantly, building student character.

 

With Teacher Appreciation Month upon us, it is a perfect time to remind your teachers that you notice and you honor their hard work. Of course, any time of year is a great time, but we would be remiss if we did not provide you some resources for appreciating your teachers. Here are some ways to do so.

 

Give them more time. If there is a meeting that can be cancelled, its objectives met some other way, then cancel it. If there is a group of parent volunteers who can provide activities some Friday afternoon so that classroom teachers can use that time to plan while supervising, organize it. If there is a professional development day that could start at 9am instead of 7am, do it. Use the time you have together efficiently.

 

Recognize them. Find out their favorite way to be recognized, whether publicly or privately, and provide them specific positive feedback. Not just “Good work!” but “I love how you’ve tightened up your closing routines. Students know what to expect and feel safe.” Be specific and positive.

 

Find inexpensive rewards. Look to your corporate leaders for examples. Some people take for granted perks that teachers would be delighted with. Examples include school-logo swag, drinks in the lounge, and fancy office supplies. Use your network to find free tickets to events, discounted memberships to recreation centers, or other perks. Of course, parent-provided potlucks and Starbucks gift cards are also good options.

 

You know better than anyone how amazing your staff is.  Sometimes teachers feel overlooked, underappreciated and taken for granted. Take some time to appreciate your teachers. They will be glad you did.

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