How exactly do you say thank you to a person who has dedicated their life to ensuring you you have something so timeless that it inspires every action you take?
Teachers are so very often the people who help us make decisions about the kind of person we want to become and how we choose to spend our lives.
We received a wonderful article today from The University of Phoenix School of Education and we'd like to thank them for sharing this insight with us and allowing us to share it with you.
Saying “Thanks” During Teacher Appreciation Week
1. Send a thank-you note. It may seem simple, but acknowledging your child’s teacher in the form of a personal card or letter can mean more than any monetary gift. Write a letter and allow your child to write one too—this allows your child to practice writing skills and provides an opportunity to consider the impact of his/her education.
2. Tweet for teacher! Use social media to thank your child’s teacher publicly and highlight what they have done throughout the year.
3. Give the gift of reading. Buy a book to add to the classroom library that is reflective of the teacher and the impact he or she has on students.
4. Help them get organized. Parents and students can offer their time to help teachers reorganize materials and supplies that have come undone throughout the year.
5. Create a visual. Have your child draw or paint a poster or collage with words that describe the teacher and mention fun and successful activities from the past year.
How Parents Can Get Involved Throughout the Year
1. Volunteer in class. Children who have involved parents often perform better in school. If you are unable to volunteer in the class, be sure to have regular communication with your child’s teacher.
2. Get civic. Become involved in the PTA, serve as classroom parent and advocate for other parents to become involved. Work with your child’s teacher to create a Professional Learning Community (PLC) among parents who meet regularly to discuss key topics, including curriculum and Common Core State Standards.
3. Chaperone a field trip. This is a great way to assist the teacher while enjoying a unique educational experience alongside your child.
4. Be engaged. Many teachers and schools post lesson plans and school activities online and provide the opportunities for parents to be involved in classroom and school discussions.
5. Ask! Simply ask the teacher how you can contribute to the class in the most supportive way possible.