This week is Teacher Appreciation week – better known as – those people are exhausted and nearly ready to quit – please be nice to them so they don’t (which doesn’t have the same ring to it AT ALL). I sincerely appreciate the teachers in our life – past and present each of them has made meaningful contributions to our children’s lives and we are better for them. If I was trying to keep up the Joneses, I would be scouring the bargain bins at the craft supply stores or making lavender sachets from my own organically farmed lavender fields in sheaths made of breathable wool from the alpaca yarn I grew, sheared and loomed for the occasion (#homemadepintrestabilityisthenewrich).
I have come up with a few ideas that I am pretty sure any teacher would love – very little assembly required.
A see-note with a C-note. Write an encouraging letter, letting the teacher know his/her efforts are seen. Include anecdotes and inspiring quotations along with a $100 bill.
That’s it. It’s really just one thing on that list. So simple and one size fits all.
If you are not in the financial position to do this – you are still in luck. The note part alone, letting the person know that to you and your family they are more than a test proctor, authority figure, a member of the establishment is appreciation enough. Feeling seen and heard and that what they are doing every single day when they come to work, set aside their own world of worry to stay calm and gentle yet assertive as they provide lifelong scaffolding for sometimes-more-of-a-hot-mess-than-is-necessary shorties in their care shows your appreciation.