This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Big A and Little a’s school. For those not in the know, this week is dedicated to teachers. It is planned out in advance by the class parent volunteer and involves designating each day of the school week for students to bring in something special for their teacher.
In case of my kids, one day was for bringing in flowers, another for wearing clothes of the teacher’s favorite color, the third for bringing in a favorite treat or candy, the fourth for putting together a basket to which each student contributes homemade goodies or gift cards, and the final day for a personal note of appreciation. Also, a signup list is sent out by the class parent, asking all the parents to take turns in bringing in coffee/tea and lunch each day for the teacher.
All this is optional, but if you’re like me, you would stress about being the only one to opt out of participating! So, that choice is off the table for people like me! It won’t come as a surprise then that many parents feel exasperated about doing this!
This does involve a lot of planning and forethought, especially if you have two kids in different classes, and the activities are completely different each day! Last year, I did miss the boat on one or two of these days but, I hope, I made up for it by bringing in the teachers’ favorite latte and lunches!
This year, I was better prepared, especially since I’ve already spent time with the teachers and come to know more about them. After all, what’s there to talk about at a first grade parent-teacher conference anyway! So, we’re ready with roses, Mrs G’s favorite flower; Macy’s and Target gift cards, as the favorite go-to places; and M&M’s, which are Mr C’s favorite candy!
I know I have made fun of teachers, my own childhood teachers, in previous posts, but now, I honestly don’t mind doing all this. I feel that we’ve been very lucky getting great teachers for both Big A and Little a; teachers who have made an effort to welcome them when they were new to the school and to know them personally. When I go to parent-teacher conferences and on field trips, I usually focus more on the social and emotional development of my kids rather than academic performances, and these teachers have given me wonderful feedback on both my boys, and have worked with me in gently guiding them, when needed!
These teachers are my village for nurturing my kids into well-rounded, thoughtful, and socially responsible adults, and sending cookies and flowers feels like the least I can do to show my appreciation!
I would like to point you to two blog posts I read about teachers, by teachers, and would love it if you would go over and give them a virtual hug!
Emily Genser wrote Don’t Quit, and
Etta Zasloff wrote about Nurturing Teachers.
Photo Credit: “Timken Roller Bearing Co., calendar, September 1950, teacher at desk”, © 2009 George Eastman House, Flickr | PD | via Wylio