I recently came across some articles published in Gallup in which teachers were asked whether they agree with the following statement: "In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work." According to Gallup's article Don't Wait Until the School Year Ends to Recognize Teachers, only 29% of teachers surveyed strongly agreed with that statement.
Gallup's research also shows, as reported in the article Why Appreciating Teachers is More Important Than You Think, that regular praise and support are directly related to teacher performance measures. For example, teachers who receive regular recognition for their efforts "are more productive, are more engaged at work, are more likely to stay with their school, and are more likely to receive higher satisfaction scores from students and parents."
This information reminded me that we shouldn't wait until the end of the school year to show my son's teachers that they are loved and appreciated.
Don't wait to thank your teachers! Thank them often. Thank them year round.
What We Did:
My son and I started by discussing his teachers and what he loves most about them. Even at 5-years-old, he was able to identify several things his teachers do that are important to him and his ability to learn and grow in the classroom. It was so fun to listen to him talk about what he loves and will miss most about his teachers when school ends this year.
Next, I had him fill out an "All About My Teacher" form for his teacher and teacher's assistant. The form asked him to describe his teachers, the things they love, what he's learned from them, and what he will miss most. It also included a spot for him to draw a picture of his teacher and him together.
After answering the questions and drawing the pictures, he took these pages to school and gave them to his teachers. Not because it was the end of the school year or Teacher Appreciation Week, but just because teachers need encouragement and recognition throughout the year. We don't need to spend a lot of money or buy expensive gifts to make a difference in the world of a teacher. Simple acts of kindness are sometimes all it takes.
His teacher's faces lit up as he handed the sheets to them and I hope it brightened their day, if not their school year. We sure do appreciate them!
Reminder: Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up in May
Teacher Appreciation Week (2018) is May 7-11, and National Teacher Day is Tuesday, May 8! If you'd like a copy of this "All About My Teacher" form to fill out for your child's teachers, you can get it here.
**Note: Soon our website will have a tab for you to access to ALL of our free printable activities to help inspire kindness, gratitude, and a love of helping others in your children! Stay tuned!
Thank you so much to all of the teachers who inspire, ignite a love of learning, and are champions for our children!