May 6-10, 2013, is Teacher Appreciation Week - What are you doing to show how much you appreciate a current or former teacher who has taught your children?
It may be a written note, or a small gift. One lovely family who felt educators who taught their children were very special had a little brunch each year during this special week to thank the teachers who had taught their children over the years.
I'd like to hear what you, your family, or your school have planned, big or little, for one moment or all week, to show your appreciation to these wonderful individuals.
The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.
At my daughters' school, the parents get together and contribute between $5-$20 to buy ONE gift certificate (such as;Target, Walmart, Visa gift card, Barnes and Noble or Amazon). We never set a specific amount and allow parents to determine how much they can/want to contribute. That way the teacher can have one big gift of their choice rather than 20-30 smaller gifts. Not to say the smaller gifts aren't as special, because as a teacher, it was fun to see what unique gifts the students picked out for you. The most touching gifts I received were the ones that the student found around their house, then wrapped it. You knew the family couldn't afford to buy anything, but they still thought it was important to recognize the teacher and offered something special from their own house.
I encourage my children to thank their teachers personally. Sometimes they use thank-you cards or small crafts, too, but I try to help them understand that often a simple "thank you" spoken straight from the heart is worth more than anything else.
Today's Wonder of the Day (Wonder of the Day #212: How Do Teachers Get To Be So Smart) also offers some ideas for how to show teachers how much you appreciate them!
Monday was "bring a flower" day.
Tuesday they wrote a Mad-Lib-esque story about their teachers.
Wednesday they wore their teachers favorite colors.
Thursday the teachers are treated to lunch.
And Friday the kids bring hand-written notes of thanks to their teachers.
A very sweet week all in all.
I noticed in Kristen's list that Thursday the teachers are treated to lunch. In the last school where I taught, the parents provided "goodies" for the teachers all five days of Teacher Appreciation Week.
Monday - snack day with chips, dip, trail mix, pretzels, etc.
Tuesday - fruit tray, vegetable tray, crackers, cheese
Wednesday - variety of sub sandwiches from Subway (principal helped pay for this lunch meal)
Thursday - homemade desserts including pies, cakes, cookies, brownies
Friday - breakfast foods such as ham and sausage biscuits, egg and cheese casserole, fried apples, juice (Biscuitville donated the biscuits)
As you can see, teachers were spoiled during the week and probably gained a few pounds as well. It was amazing to go to the teachers' lounge and see the table covered with food every day.
Here is a poem parents can share with their children's teachers to let them know how much they are appreciated.
A Teacher for All Seasons
A teacher is like Spring,
Who nurtures new green sprouts,
Encourages and leads them,
Whenever they have doubts.
A teacher is like Summer,
Whose sunny temperament
Makes studying a pleasure,
A teacher is like Fall,
With methods crisp and clear,
Lessons of bright colors
And a happy atmosphere.
A teacher is like Winter,
While it's snowing hard outside,
Keeping students comfortable,
As a warm and helpful guide.
Teacher, you do all these things,
With a pleasant attitude;
You're a teacher for all seasons,
And you have my gratitude!
By Joanna Fuchs
I like how the poet uses the seasons to compare the attributes of a teacher.