Appreciating teachers

May3-7 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and they deserve all of it

Posted 5/3/21

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

-Atticus Finch

To Kill A …

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Appreciating teachers

May3-7 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and they deserve all of it

Posted

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

-Atticus Finch

To Kill A Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

 

The finish line to this 2020-2021 school year for Edgar County is in sight. We’ve much to be thankful for here on the prairie. Our children have been in school, with the exception of a couple of hiccups, since August 15. We’ve previously praised our school administrators who kept everyone safe but now it’s time to celebrate the people who made it possible for our children to receive a full year of in-person education – the teachers.

Next week – Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 7, – is National Teacher Appreciation Week. If there’s ever a time to appreciate our teachers it’s now in this topsy-turvy world. Because these men and women cared about our children they didn’t require negotiations to return to their classrooms last August.

Remember those days parents and grandparents were charged with teaching lessons to their children? Many of us laughed at the questions shared by the accountant-business owner-factory worker turned family teacher posed by their children. “Are you sure you know this?” “This isn’t the way we do it in class.” And, of course, “I think you’re making this up.”

Walking a mile in the teacher’s shoes parents learned so much about the challenges teachers face. Trying to motivate and getting our children to focus, all while their social lives and social norms have been upended, was and is exhausting. And teachers are often teaching their own children at the same time.

Even through those 2½ months at the end of the 2020 school year when all education was remote, our teachers were there. They were reaching out to their students, conducting Zoom meetings and doing everything they could from afar to try to make our children succeed.

National Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportune time to celebrate the educators who inspire and equip students to grow to their fullest potential. Expressions of gratitude do not have to be costly to show teachers they are valued.

Mail or drop off the gift. For parents who can drop off a gift at the school, delivering food or flowers with a thank-you note is a simple but effective offering. For those who want to give something that supports a teacher’s work, planners and notebooks to keep track of busy schedules are always welcome. And for a gift that often lasts even longer, consider giving a plant that will grow and stay with the teacher as a reminder of how far their students have come in their education.

Post a social media shout-out. Another option for parents is to share a photo or video from the past year on social media, tag the teacher and school and write a caption with a memorable story highlighting the teacher’s value in their child’s life. Parents can mention their child’s favorite lesson learned this year or include photos of a project enjoyed in class. To spread the word, add #ThankATeacher – promoted by the National PTA for Teacher Appreciation Week – so that others can discover what makes the teacher great.

Whether it’s a plate of cookies, a handwritten note to a picture drawn by your child, the gesture will be welcomed. It’s time we give our teachers in Edgar County a proper pat-on-the-back and Teachers Appreciation Week is a perfect time to do it.