Teaching truly is a work of heart! At the end of the school day, after your child’s teacher has spent between 6-8 hours giving of herself to your child and her many other students, she will definitely love you showing your appreciation for her hard work. Here are 10 thoughtful ways to make your child’s teacher feel appreciated. I know these acts made a huge difference during my many years of teaching.
1. Take the time to, whenever you are around your child’s teacher, to make eye contact, smile and say these 7 simple words, “Thank you, for ALL that you do!” This will mean so much to your child’s teacher and send her off with an extra bounce in her step.
2. Encourage your child to say, “Thank you!” at the end of every school day. Not only will this boost her morale, but, it will also do wonders for your child’s relationship with his/her teacher.
3. Relay positive stories your child tells you about his/her school day via handwritten note, email, or face-to-face. Teachers live for this type of feedback!
Example: Isaac told me how much he loved you changing your voice for each of the 3 bears in “Goldilocks And The Three Bears” and that your version of the Papa Bear’s voice really made him giggle. Thank you, for making story time so much fun!
4. At drop-off, or pick-up, ask your child’s teacher if she needs ANYTHING (construction paper, water colors, help in the classroom), even if it is just a coffee. Trust me, if your child’s teacher asks for a coffee, get her a coffee. Her students will thank you, too.
5. Remember your child’s teacher on special holidays by sending in a little Valentine’s card or Halloween sucker. Usually, teachers are just as excited about holidays in the classroom and work extra hard to make holidays fun and special for their students. Your child’s teacher will love a little festive cheer, in return.
6. Set a reminder, in your calendar, for your child’s teacher’s birthday. Teachers are great at acknowledging their students’ birthdays, but, often go uncelebrated on their own special day. Even just saying, “Happy Birthday!” will really make a difference.
7. When Parent-Teacher Conferences, or completion of report cards, are approaching, offer to come in and read a story, or teach a lesson for your child’s teacher. She will greatly appreciate some extra time to prepare. Teachers often spend many unpaid hours preparing for these types of events.
8. When you notice your child’s teacher doing something extra generous, be sure to point it out. Teachers often do many things outside of their job description and even spend their own money on classroom supplies.
Example: I noticed you stayed by Sarah’s side until her parents made it to school to pick her up. I know that 10 minutes could have been used making preparations, in the classroom, for tomorrow. You’re a great teacher!
9. Be the positive voice in a group of snarky parents. It is always easy to find fault in your child’s teacher. Believe me, she will appreciate your positivity and it will make the school year go much more smoothly.
10. Say “thank you” as much as you can and encourage other parents to say it, too. Teachers love their job and are often giving so much of themselves, to their students, that a simple “thank you” will really make a difference!
Please, let us know how implementing these 10 thoughtful appreciations affect your teacher, your child, and you. We would love to hear your feedback. www.hendrixconsultingedu.com
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