Notice! Care2 will go offline for site maintenance July 28 at 9pm PST. Thanks
START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
760,767 people care about Education

Thank a Teacher This Week

Thank a Teacher This Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week in America. I appreciate many of my wonderful teachers, and I try to emulate their characteristics in my classroom. Chances are you, too, have had some wonderful teachers in your life. If you haven’t thanked a teacher recently, now is the time to do so.

What follows is my personal list of the top five reasons we should spend time this week thanking teachers for all they do. If you have teachers in your life who have done these things — and more — for you, remember to show them some appreciation this week.

1. Thank a teacher for investing themselves in their jobs.

Teaching is an intensely personal job. There is a reason teachers use the language when they do when they talk about their jobs: “my students,” “my kids,” “my school.” Taking ownership in the job is part of what makes it so difficult. When you see your students struggling, it can be akin to seeing your own children struggling. My freshman year of high school, my English teacher pulled me aside to ask me who the young man I was holding hands with in the hallway was, and he questioned me about him like my own father would. I’ll never forget that moment, because it showed me he cared about what happened to me outside of the classroom.

2. Thank a teacher for helping to cultivate students’ interests.

My junior high English teacher is the reason I am an English teacher myself. He recognized that I was an avid reader and read well above my grade level, and he handed me book after book after book to read on my own time. I thought it was so cool that he was trusting me with grown-up books. I remember reading “Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury and thinking about what the world would be like without books, and that’s why I wanted to be a teacher. Not to share books with my students, necessarily, but to help students find their paths in life.

3. Thank a teacher for caring beyond the school year.

It’s no secret that teachers look forward to summer vacation as much as the students do, but the reality of saying goodbye to your students and hoping that they take what you have taught with them through life is difficult to face. On the last day of my freshman year of high school, one of my teachers came into the room, sat down and looked at us in silence for a second. Then, he sighed deeply and said, “I wish we had more time together. I wish I could tell you all everything I know about life. I wish we had more time.” At that moment, I knew he would miss us once we were gone, and that’s a powerful feeling for any student.

4. Thank a teacher for teaching outside of the school day.

Randy Pausch, of “The Last Lecture” fame, says in his speech that people always asked him how he got tenure a year early. He said, “Call me any Friday night in my office after 7:00 PM and I’ll tell you.” In my student years, I sent many an email and visited many a teacher after school, and they always responded promptly or welcomed me in their classrooms after hours with smiles on their faces. Teachers have families and lives outside of school, but their ability to provide extra help — and to be happy to do it — makes them special people. It’s not possible for teachers to leave their work at work, and having a teacher that is willing to offer help after class can mean the difference between a student’s success or failure.

5. Thank a teacher for listening more than speaking.

When we think of teachers, we often think of lecturers who bore students to death with endless facts and notes. Some of my best teachers worked toward discussions in class where they never said a word. Sure, they would add information or redirect a conversation if they had to, but they let us talk and they listened. Having a teacher privilege what you have to say can be incredibly empowering. It teaches you that you have a voice, and that is one of the most important lessons of all.

 

Related Stories:

Why Would Anyone Choose to Teach?

Be That Woman. Be Change.

May 3 Is National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Read more: , , , , ,

Photo Credit: Editor B

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

17 comments

+ add your own
6:58AM PDT on May 8, 2013

I'd like to thank Mr. Reade who taught me to drive, Mr. Dralle my art teacher, Mrs. Curtis my gym teacher, but most of all Mrs. Horak my lit. teacher she was awesome.

5:01PM PDT on May 7, 2013

my teacher in Lit. in high school was awesome.

3:43PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Thank you Ashley, for Sharing this!

2:41PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

They should be shown appreciation every day. There are quite a few teachers who really impacted me (even ones who at the time I didn't particularly like).

5:34PM PDT on May 10, 2012

My mom was a teacher. I sure know how much she loved it and her students and so many still tell me she was their favorite after she has been gone more than 20 years. I had so many good teachers from Mrs. Tidquist in the 1st grade, Miss Woodson in the 2nd, Mr. Martin for 5th, Mr. Shinn for math in junior high, Mrs. Bland, Miss. Martin, Mrs. Peck and Mrs. Bowers and so many more. I would like to thank each and every one. And then there were the College Professors and instructors and stand out.

1:44PM PDT on May 10, 2012

I would like to thank Mrs. Litzinger [formerly of the Overland PS in Overland, Missouri]. Thank you for your patience & your willingness to help me, a child who learned to write [not print] when I was 4 yr. old - You gave up a lot of personal time to teach me to print so that I would not be bullied or made fun of by other children in your Gr. 2 class. You were everything that a teacher should be. I only wish that I could have thanked you in person while you were alive. You gave me courage, confidence, and a desire to assist others! And I taught a number of years at University as a result & also participated in programs to teach young children to appreciate reading. Without your guidance...this probably would not have happened.

11:02AM PDT on May 10, 2012

I DO AGREE THAT TEACHERS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY TO OUR CHILDREN.

I HAVE A COMPLAINT TO MAKE CONCERNING THE APPARANT LACK OF APPRECIATION AND WEB SITES SUCH AS THIS HAVE NOT AND DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE NURSES WEEK WHICH IS MAY 6TH THROUGH THE 10TH.

EITHER I MISSED IT OR AM NOT OBSERVANT BUT I HAVE HEARD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING CONCERNING NURSES DAY OR NURSES WEEK.

ALL THAT I CAN ASSUME FROM THIS IS THAT THE PUBLIC DOES NOT APPRECIATE THE EXTREME HARD WORK AND CARING THAT NURSES PUT FORTH FOR THEIR HEALTH

10:43AM PDT on May 10, 2012

How about EVERY week?

10:42AM PDT on May 10, 2012

How about EVERY week?

9:36AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Thanx 2 all teachers.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

You are atheist, I'm atheist too, so what . . . Don't have to wear it on your sleeve. Some atheists…

Isn't enough cruelty to have the animals as prisoners at the zoo that now they been disturb also like…

I NOW SEE THE FULL NAME AS MARY DORR. DO US ALL A FAVOR AND REDO YOUR PETITION AS FAR TO MANY OF US,…

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.