Why Are Teachers and Educators Important?
There are so many ways we can show teachers appreciation. In our rocky political and social climate, it’s more important than ever that we do.
I’m not sure where you live, but if you’re anywhere around Oklahoma, you know we are having an education crisis. The budgets are low. Not only are they not paid well, many teachers are now, or have been, paying for all their student’s supplies. This is especially the case in low-income areas where students can’t afford their own supplies. School are closing and students are being relocated to other schools, teachers are losing their jobs left and right. Those that aren’t let go, willing move to other states for better pay and treatment.
This is how we’re treating those who are helping the future of the US. Without them, our children will have no way to be educated. Their hope for a better future is over. In some cases, teachers might be the only positive role model in a child’s life.
It’s not just baby-sitting or putting kids in front of a TV. They’re in charge of helping our future leaders and community grow into who they need to be, to keep us moving in forward. Instead of giving them the tools they need, we expect them to do more with less. Less support, more students to a class. Less money, more supplies for their students. All this is before we even get to the parents.
Parents put more and more pressure on their kids to succeed. If they don’t, parents don’t look to the kids for answers, they point blame on the teachers. Teachers are supposed to give out participation medals, whether the kids put forth effort or not.
How to show gratitude to teachers
There has to be change. We have to show teachers appreciation before it’s too late. Teacher’s don’t dedicate their lives to the students for praise, but in the current climate, it’s hard to keep going when you don’t have the tools or support to do your work. Until the politicians show up to do the right thing, it’s up to our communities to let them know we do appreciate them. Here is a list of things to show your teachers appreciation.
- Start small and just tell them you appreciate all they do. It’s free, takes 5 seconds and can really have a lasting impact, but so few people ever make the effort.
- Give them a gift card. Talk with them for a few minutes, find out their favorite places are to eat, shop or relax then get them a gift card.
- Bring them favorite snack. Involve your kids in this teachers appreciation activity and ask your children to pay attention to what their teacher likes. Keep them stocked from time to time.
- Know their birthday. This is a great day to show your teachers appreciation. Give them a cake, have the class sing them happy birthday or get them a special gift. For inspiration, check out these 101 teacher appreciation ideas in a jar. These are quick and easy ways to show you care.
- A teacher’s school day doesn’t end after the bell. There’s often many things they do at home or in the classroom to help get ready for the next day. Stay late and help them get organized for next day. Offer to help straighten their room, empty trash, make copies, etc.
- Volunteer to cover a duty. This is a fabulous way for parents to show teachers appreciation. Ask the principal first if it is okay.
- Make sure your children are great students. Sometimes this is the best way to say thank you. Teachers appreciate students who are never in trouble, enjoy being at school, and who are genuinely excited to learn. If your student isn’t on this list, listen to the teacher and their concerns.Make an effort to help your student respect them and make the changes in order to have a better future.
- Buy them a Christmas present. It does not have to be something elegant or expensive. Your teacher will appreciate anything that you get them. For inspiration, check out these 52 Teacher Appreciation ideas that can be made in less than 15 minutes.
- Give an extra hand. This is another free way to show your teachers appreciation. Most teachers will appreciate the extra help. Ask them where they need help and let them know that you are willing to help. Lower elementary teachers will especially appreciate this help.
- Contact them when they are sick. Check on them and ask if they need anything. It’s a great way to show you care.
- Post on Facebook. If your child’s teacher has a Facebook account, let them know how much you appreciate all that they do.
- Be supportive as a parent. Knowing you have tremendous parental support makes a teacher’s job easier. Backing their decisions is an excellent way to show your appreciation.
- In Oklahoma, many teachers are struggling to make ends meet, but especially in high-poverty areas, they are responsible for all their student’s supplies, since the students can’t afford their own. A great way to show appreciation to the teachers in your community, especially in areas with a high poverty rates is to donate money towards their classroom. Give them some money to help ease this burden.
- Make a Teacher Appreciation Gift Basket. A couple of months ago, I had a giveaway. Anyone who told me about a teacher who changed their life, entered that teacher for a chance to win a gift basket. There is many options for gift basket ideas.In my basket, I included: luffas, a gift card and reusable cup to Starbucks, nail care products, chocolates, lavender candles, and homemade cookies. I also created these Free Teacher Appreciation Printables for any mason jar gifts and attached those.
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