Teacher Appreciation Week is a tried-and-true tradition built on respect for some of America’s greatest heroes, but sometimes in the shuffle of everyday life we can forget that appreciation accomplishes more than just making teachers feel warm and fuzzy. While that should be reason enough on its own, remembering to thank teachers also:
1. Supplements the Budget
This might seem rather mercenary, but many teachers work with shoestring budgets that force them to choose between art supplies, literacy materials, science experiments and so on. By providing teachers with routine, but possibly much-need, supplies such as easels or paint brushes, you could be enabling children to have a much better school experience.
2. Bonds Students and Teachers
Students already revere their teachers, but showing a little love can help teachers fall in love with their students as well. Would it happen anyway? Probably. But does it hurt? Certainly not.
3. Creates Relationships Between Teachers and Parents
A quick teacher appreciation exchange gives teachers and parents a chance to talk, which can be very helpful in the bustle of the busy before- or after-school periods.
4. Reduces Turnover
Parents and kids aren’t the only ones who can appreciate teachers. Districts or individual administrators can do it as well. Taking the time to thank your teachers and give them a little something goes a long way toward keeping them happy and on the payroll.
5. Shows Kids the Value of Giving
Kids need to learn the value of giving, and the younger, the better. While their gifts may not be worth much financially, they can still mean a lot to a teacher. Consider amping up a school project, for instance, with a nice note on the back.
Teachers, of course, don’t work only for the thank-yous they get, but those thanks do go a long way toward making the job worth it and keeping them around. So this year, make Teacher Appreciation Week a priority!