"Have you hugged a teacher today?" While this may be a popular bumper sticker phrase, it is a safe bet that most educators do not get the type of daily appreciation they deserve. Next to parents, teachers probably have the most influence on children through their developmental years.
"Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops." - Henry Brooks Adams
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4 - 8 and is a very good time to show teaching professionals how important they are. Appreciation means recognizing them for their hard work, for always showing up, for being prepared and paying attention to each individual student. This Appreciation Week is also a good time to show respect for education and teaching as a profession.
The school year is winding down and everyone is anxious for a change in their routine. It is a good time to reflect on lessons learned and thank an instructor for their part in the education process. Not only do children learn facts from these individuals, they also learn lessons in life that will shape who they want to be.
Parents should also show their appreciation for these classroom mentors, too, by having a role in helping plan the way their children acknowledge them. Some ideas for appreciation are:
- Make handmade cards that share memories from the school year
- Bake treats, like cookies or cupcakes, in the shape of an apple
- Decorate the classroom with signs of appreciation
- Create a Facebook Fan Page
Creative gestures during the specific week and especially on May 5th - Teacher Appreciation Day - are very meaningful, but don't forget how powerful the daily hugs and thank yous are.
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