There’s a popular sign sometimes posted in schools that says, “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” I’ve always loved that sentiment because it reminds us how important teachers are in our lives and in the lives of our children. Of course, my version of that saying is, “If you can calculate how to leave a 20% tip on a $47.20 bill that’s being split three ways, except by stupid Tim who is only contributing $6 because he’s a jerk and we shouldn’t ever invite him out again no matter how pathetic his sweater, thank a teacher.” So, thanks for your help with my multiplication tables, Mrs. G of Washington Elementary! (This isn’t actually Mrs. G. I’m not quite that old.)
But the fact is, many of us would be drooling morons if there hadn’t been caring teachers to smarten us up. And anyone who has ever spent more than ten minutes in a 2nd grade classroom knows that teaching is hard. Teachers need to be enthusiastic, tough, sweet, structured and have the ability to keep their kids engaged at all times. I’ve been lucky that my boys have had teachers who not only did all of that, but did it with a level of engagement that made the kids really feel invested in learning.
For that reason, I’ve always been a big supporter of Teacher Appreciation Week at our school. I usually run far, far away from most of the other volunteer activities, but this is one that feels really important to me. Having my son sit down and create a handmade card for his teacher, bringing in a flower to add to her class bouquet, contributing to a special lunch, all of that is fairly easy and a nice way to show the teachers that we’re grateful for everything they do with our kids. (That said, I definitely did not participate the year our PTO made the very odd decision to have moms give the teachers pedicures. Yeah, I ain’t touching nobody’s feet, no matter how good they are at teaching reading comprehension.)
If your school doesn’t have a Teacher Appreciation Week for some reason, definitely think about starting one. It’s a little extra effort that makes a huge difference to the people who are helping our kids grow up and learn everything they need to know.
Especially tip calculations.
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