In Appreciation of Teachers
Brought to FEN by National PTA®
Teachers have one of the toughest jobs. They are there for our children day in and day out, often under trying circumstances and with less than adequate resources and support. Their professionalism, dedication, and expertise form the cornerstone of our nation's public education system. Without the hard work of teachers, American scientists, artists, and political and business leaders would not be among the best in the world.
Many education leaders suggest that the most effective way to improve education in this country is to give teachers the status, support, and recognition they genuinely deserve. To help focus national attention on the outstanding contributions teachers make to us individually and collectively, the National PTA® has designated the first full week in May as Teacher Appreciation Week.
Teacher Appreciation Week is dedicated to recognizing exceptional teachers and celebrating the great things that are being accomplished in schools. Many PTA's across the country plan special events and school assemblies to show appreciation for teachers. They host teacher appreciation breakfasts and luncheons, sponsor special student activities, and involve other school clubs, community groups, and local businesses in thanking teachers. Even if there is not a local PTA established in your area, there are a lot of fun activities and simple things you and your children can do to show your appreciation to teachers.
Showing Appreciation Year Round
Recognizing teachers for all they do, does not need to be time-consuming, expensive, or reserved for one special week during the year. One of the greatest ways parents can show their appreciation to teachers is by being actively involved in their child's education all year long. Parents should establish a good working relationship with teachers early in the school year. Talk to your children's teachers on a regular basis, not just at scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Find out how you can help with homework assignments and reinforce at home what is being taught in the classroom. By being an involved parent, you are showing your respect and appreciation for your child's teachers and the school. When parents and teachers establish open communication and good working relations, great things get accomplished for students.
Thank Them for Being Teachers
Teachers play a critical role in the lives of our children. It takes a lot to give a lot. Patience, understanding, and kindness are constantly required to nurture a class full of young minds and personalities. Teachers also play a very important role in promoting self-discipline in our children and in establishing guidelines and rules for participating in a classroom or group. Their guidance helps our children develop social skills and become competent in group situations. That's why it's important for parents to remember those little, often overlooked qualities that make teachers such special people in our children's lives. Be sure to tell teachers how much you appreciate who they are.
Give Teachers More Quality Time
One thing that parents probably don't think about is that the "quality time" teachers spend spent with our children is just as important to them as it is for parents. Quality time for teachers means teaching. Often teachers are asked to assume a range of clerical and other school duties that take time away from teaching our children. When you advocate for teachers, advocate for giving teachers the time they need to teach. Look for ways to eliminate nonteaching tasks. Work with your school board and local PTA to find ways of giving teachers more quality teaching time instead of stuffing envelopes, loading buses, or monitoring lunchrooms. Let your teachers know you value their profession and support their needs. Be their advocate and you will find them advocating for you and your children!
A little gesture can make a huge difference. When parents take time to thank teachers, it makes both the parents and teachers feel good about working together. And when parents and teachers work together, student achievement soars!
Visit National PTA's website to find out more about planning a Teacher Appreciation Week event.