I learn a great deal from my connections on Twitter. As you can imagine there are quite a few conversations occurring around the topic of Teacher Appreciation as next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Here are a few threads I found interesting with a few of my thoughts to follow.
Thoughts on Teacher Appreciation
- No matter what profession you are in, it always feels good to be appreciated. The same is true for teachers. Fact is, I don't teach to be appreciated.
- Many teachers are unhappy, tired, and very stressed. I think this is the same for numerous people across all professions.
- I've been teaching for 23 years, and after my first three years, there was never a year that was easier than the one before it.
- I believe teaching is a noble profession and in many ways a calling. Apart from parenting, teaching is one of the most powerful ways to make the world a better place.
- Families are struggling. Parents are struggling. As a result, kids have their struggles too. These struggles carry over into schools.
- I'm grateful that there is a week set aside to appreciate teachers. Not every profession has an appreciation week.
- I think the best way to appreciate teachers is to support families and children in any way we can. When children and families have what they need, teachers are happier and more effective.
- To every teacher who shows up each day and does their best, I appreciate you. Your work matters. You should be paid more. Your days should be less stressful. Truth is, none of that is probably going to happen. Every positive interaction you've had with a student lives on forever and multiplies. As teachers, we have to appreciate that.