Have You Thanked a Teacher Today?

by Carol Kocivar | May 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Two simple words can make a big difference to the teachers in your school: "Thank you."

These two words alone may not solve the teacher shortage, but they certainly can't hurt.

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Many school districts in California are hiring teachers, or trying to. The problem is that certification programs at California's colleges and universities have been running lean for many years, and it takes time to rebuild. In the circumstances, it is natural for teachers to click through EdJoin and wonder: is the grass greener in another school or district?

Saying "Thank you" may not be part of the public policy debate on how to recruit and retain amazing teachers. "Thank you" doesn't address the issues of pay, or pensions, or benefits.

But for the teachers who work every day in our schools to help our children, "thank you" can make a world of difference. Sometimes we forget that little things really count. It's personal relationships that bring us together for the common good.

How to Thank a Teacher

You can do it with a simple handwritten note. (That really is my favorite.) I remember the day I wrote my first "thank you" note to a teacher. My daughter was just completing kindergarten. I wanted her teacher to know my daughter looked forward to going to school almost every day. So I wrote a short note thanking her for making my daughter's first year of school such a success. Her teacher made a point of stopping me at school to let me know how much she appreciated the note.

More Ways to Say Thank You

In California, teacher appreciation week officially falls on the week of the second Wednesday of May. (Yep, that's this week.) The California State PTA website has more ideas for how to say "Thank you."

Got an idea for how to thank a teacher? Send me a note at Carol@ed100.org

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