Teacher Appreciation Week – How to Thank a Teacher
May 7, 2012 ~
Teachers are the backbone of the education system. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7 to May 11 and it is the perfect time to let those exceptional teachers know just how much of a difference they make. Kumon asked a handful of educators some questions about how parents and students can show their appreciation. The answers were informative, simple and heartwarming.
Give Thanks by Staying Involved
Across the board, teachers feel most supported when parents are involved in their children’s education. Supporting the teaching style, checking homework, keeping children accountable and staying on top of report cards and class requirements were all cited as incredibly helpful. Asking questions was also encouraged, in addition to communicating with the teacher about your child’s needs and any special situations.
Schoolteachers share the same goals as parents — they want your child to succeed, and they recognize that parents and guardians play an enormous role in that success. By staying involved in the education process, you support educators and make them feel appreciated.
Give Thanks by Being Courteous and Prepared
Skip the apple. The number one way students can show gratitude to schoolteachers is simply to be kind, attentive and prepared. A warm smile and a hello go a long way in making a teacher’s day. It is even better when a student stays engaged in class, is kind to fellow students and straightens up his or her work area.
One teacher summed it up best: “Genuine common courtesy goes a long way with me.”
Give Thanks by Providing Supplies
When asked what schoolteachers need most for their classrooms, general school supplies were a top request. Pencils, paper, cleaning supplies, healthy snacks for elementary school and books for English classes were the most requested items. Every school is different, so be sure to ask your child’s teacher what he or she needs. For some, the perfect gift could be as simple as paper and pencils wrapped in a bow, or a basket filled with cleaning supplies or snacks for the class. Of course, attaching a genuine thank-you note can make it all the better.
Why Teachers Are Thankful
We wrapped up our questionnaire by asking teachers what makes them thankful. They love having a career that is both diverse and challenging, and certainly never gets boring. Teachers are thankful when parents and the school administration provide a supportive work environment for them, but at the heart of it all is their students.
Teachers feel grateful when students grow and learn. Whenever students take time to let a teacher know how their lives are going and how that teacher made an impact, the message of gratitude is made even more enduring. Whether expressed by a handwritten note, a smile or a simple thank-you, showing gratitude enriches everyone’s life. Take the time to give thanks, and you can not only improve someone’s day, but you can also make a lasting impression. Teachers are no different from the rest of us, and they feel great when you take an interest and communicate your appreciation. If you haven’t had the opportunity to give thanks to a special educator, start today!