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Making Sure Teachers Feel The Love

Posted by on May. 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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I once had this teacher. He was my third grade teacher, and his name was Mr. Lucas. He was the best teacher I've ever had - he made learning fun, the classroom was exciting and alive and I looked forward to going to school every day. It helped that he was what could have been classified as a "hippie", and many days I wondered what he'd be wearing in the class when I arrived.

Truly, going to school in the 1970's was interesting. Especially the bean sprout sandwiches on whole wheat bread that he packed.

Teachers have one of the toughest jobs around. They have to impart grade specific wisdom into children who may not be willing participants. These days, they have the added pressure of broken families, childhood hunger and obesity, and overzealous parents with whom they have to contend  - and, yet, people are still signing up for the job.

This school year, one of my children was put into the classroom of a woman who I truly feel is the best teacher that has ever lived. She makes each child feel loved and appreciated, special and adored. She has a good grasp on discipline, and yet no one ever leaves her class angry or unheard. It has truly been a miraculous year.

One of my other children has not been so lucky.  In fact, I often have wondered why this particular teacher chose to teach - she clearly does not enjoy the job or the children. I've all but given up and now I'm anxiously awaiting the end of the school year.

That's sad, but it's all too common.

One thing that teachers never get enough of - well, besides money - is appreciation. Sure, the little children in early elementary years might draw a picture for the teacher, but I'm talking about real, honest to goodness appreciation. When I make cookies, I send some in to my kids' teachers. At Christmas, I made each teacher a loaf of bread and delivered it with a jar of honey butter. I send in extra tissues and hand sanitizer, pencils and copies of the reading books. I've donated the books my children no longer read to the classroom libraries, and I've been known to bring a teacher a cup of Starbucks on a random day for after school enjoyment.

At the end of this school year, my favorite teachers will receive a soft sided beach cooler and a beach towel (bought in bulk at the end of last summer). I want them to know how much I appreciate all of the work that they do, all of the sacrifices they do and everything they've given up - all to teach my children.

Making a teacher feel important doesn't take much, but it can go a long way towards helping that teacher enjoy the job and feel willing to go the extra steps.

Who are your kids' most inspiring teachers, and why? What are some creative ways you let them know how much they're appreciated?

Š kali9

by on May. 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on May. 16, 2012 at 5:11 AM

I love my sons teacher this year. She actually shows that she cares about the kids and their education. She has helped my son so much with his ADD, and is so patient with him.

So on holidays we make cookies or buy her something from the store and bring it to her. My son will make pictures for her sometimes. I am so grateful for her!

by on May. 16, 2012 at 6:01 AM
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Thank you for your thoughtful post. I am a teacher, and a mother, so I have a view on both sides... My son's teacher this year is fantastic, and has instilled a love for learning and an enthusiasm for school in him  that I am absolutely thrilled about. I send her thank-you notes every now and then out of the blue just to let her know how much I appreciate her dedication. 

As a teacher, a simple thank you is all I really need. It is very rewarding to see the children learning and growing, and learning to explore the world around them with the purpose of gaining knowledge. The kids in and of themselves are a joy. It is nice to have the work that I put into my job recognized by parents, but that is not why I became a teacher. It really is all about the kids! 

by on May. 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

 I have no school aged children.

by on May. 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM
I don't like the kindergarten teacher in our school. But since its not mandatory, we didn't send our DD to K. Her grade 1 teacher is awesome. She's sweet and the kids listen to her. My DD gave her a little ladybug flower pot with flowers. She loved it!
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by on May. 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM
I hate the fact that teachers are so under-appreciated!!

This year, my sons teacher is expecting her first child so the parents have put together a surprise baby shower for her before she leaves next Wednesday for the remainder of the school year :)
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by on May. 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

all of the teachers are inspiring!

by on May. 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

My youngest son is starting Kindergarten in the fall, so thanks for opening my mind to these ideas.

I'm thankful for a hubby that loves me, 4 healthy children, a warm
place to sleep and enough food for our meals... God bless America!

by on May. 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

My kids have had wonderful teachers every year they have been in school.  But I think they unanimously agree that their K-4 teacher was their favorite (they both had her).  She really got them started on the path of fun learning.  But every teacher they have had along the way has been excellent.

by on May. 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM
My dd won't be starting school until the fall.
by on May. 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM
My oldest wil be starting school in the fall ad I'll be teaching him. He better love his " teacher" lol
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