So what does teacher appreciation look like?
- a handwritten note from a parent, or administrator just to say "Thank you for all you do - it matters and I notice."
- a cup of coffee from your colleague - she knows your schedule and you never get to "that side" of the building
- a hug from a student who tried your very last nerve two years ago - you both know he holds a special place in your heart!
- a kind word from an administrator to say "You are a terrific teacher and I am grateful to have you on my staff." - especially when you are having "one of those days"
- a colleague's offer to take your class to lunch, the playground, or afternoon dismissal so you can return an important phone call
- a sincere and heartfelt smile from a teary-eyed parent dropping off their child on the first day of kindergarten
- a stick figure drawing with the words "You are the best techr evr!!!!!!!"
I could go on, but what stands out to me is that these acts of appreciation do not require money and require very little time, which makes them affordable and doable for everyone. What they do require is thoughtfulness, kindness, selflessness, caring, and love. While I do think it is wonderful that folks stop, reflect and show appreciation for the teachers who are making (or have made) a positive difference in their lives one week a year, I wonder...