It's that time of the year where we intentionally take a moment to thank some of the biggest influencers in our child's life...teachers! With schools closed and virtual learning in full swing, teachers have had to make some fast and hard pivots to continue teaching their students and we couldn't be more grateful for their continued care and commitment.
"The influence of a good teacher can never be erased"
Traditionally, little tokens of appreciation, lunches, and flowers flood into classrooms this week. But that's not happening this year because, well...COVID-19. Let's not let physical distancing spoil the fun. Here are some ways you can safely and creatively show your appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication teachers put in year-round. Oh, and let's not forget about all of the other people that make school a wonderful place (here's looking at you administrators, office staff, custodial staff, and support staff).
Have your child email their teacher a personal note. Maybe it's their favorite memory of this teacher, what your child likes best about their teacher, how their teacher has helped them learn during the school closure, or what they miss about their teacher. Encourage your child to use as many details as possible to make it a heartfelt sentiment.
Want to kick it up a notch? Have your child draw a poster that says, "Thank You, Teachers!" Hang this poster on the wall behind your child so that the poster becomes their new "background" when zooming or when in their google classroom.
Get those cameras (or smartphones) out! Take a short video of your child saying a message to a staff member at school. This could be a teacher, administrator, support staff, office staff, or support staff. Help your child talk about why they appreciate this person and how they have positively impacted their life. Email the video to your school.
Send your teacher an online or digital gift card. It doesn't have to be a lot to show your gratitude. Many companies offer online gift cards that would be much appreciated (Starbucks, Target). Maybe, send your teacher a gift card for GrubHub, Door Dash, or another food delivery service so that they can keep up their energy in between their virtual classes. If you can, consider supporting a local business.
Chalk the Walk. Grab some sidewalk chalk, go outside, and have your child decorate the sidewalk in your teacher's honor. Snap a picture and email it to your teacher.
If you don't have any chalk, find some pictures on your phone or take some pictures of your child holding up signs ("thank you") and put a photo collage together. Email this to your teacher.
This one is for you, parents. You were thrown into this teacher role without notice, so you get a day, too! Take a moment and do something nice for yourself. It could be as simple as sipping on an extra cup of coffee or taking a hot long shower tonight. Whatever it is, be content with knowing that you are doing the best you can.
The most important part of Teacher Appreciation Week is to communicate gratitude to the educational influencers in your child's life. Letting people know that what they do matters goes a really long way.