Thank a Teacher Today and Every Day
One educator's perspective on why Teacher Appreciation Day matters
Teachers enjoy being recognized, and Teacher Appreciation Day is a perfect time to make this happen. Send a favorite teacher a note of appreciation to help them celebrate the day! Here are four things I’ve learned from my experience about why this day is so important for classroom teachers across the globe.
1. Teacher Appreciation Day sneaks up on educators
The day falls during one of the busiest times of the year. Although the school year is winding down and time is spent prepping for end-of-year exams, Teacher Appreciation Day is a welcome break from school stress. Whether you are lucky enough to have a PTA that celebrates throughout the whole week or one that celebrates the day, it is nice to take a step back and remember why we do what we do.
2. Teachers often give more to their students than they do their families
Much like a family, things don’t always run smoothly, but we all come back to school the next day and strive to be better than we were the day before. When I first began my teaching career, I was going to save the world and leave no student behind. I looked to form connections with my students, to make sure they knew I was going to help them grow and succeed beyond anything they could ever imagine. No matter where a teacher is in their career, that initial reason we began teaching is still deep down inside us all.
3. Every now and again, it’s just nice to be celebrated
Some schools will host a special breakfast or lunch, offer a cake after staff meeting, or hold a drawing for gift bags filled with goodies. These are all very much appreciated and it is nice to be recognized for our daily efforts. No matter where a teacher is in their career, that initial reason we began teaching is still deep down inside us all.
4. The best gifts from students are ones that tell what you meant to them
To know I had a hand in changing one student’s view of himself, of school, or how smart she is, is always special. As teachers, we want to know we give students the power to reach higher than they ever have, to take risks, to know they have a safe place to land, and the ability to brush themselves off when they fall. Seeing the ah-ha moments makes the struggle of getting students to that moment absolutely worthwhile. To have that one student pass the end-of-year exam for the first time and jump into your arms crying because she feels you made it possible. To have your heart fill with pride when you can turn to her and say that it wasn’t you, it was her own hard work. And to see for the first time in her life, she believes that the impossible is now possible. That’s what teaching is all about, the knowledge that we made a difference.