Teachers are real-life heroes

Teacher Appreciation Week

I recently asked my 9-year old son about his favorite teacher. I wasn’t surprised when he answered that his current teacher is his favorite (he probably has only vague memories of his earliest teachers). I was curious about what makes his fourth grade teacher the best. “She’s nice and kind,” he answered. “She has good activities. It’s her first year of teaching, and she has a lot of energy.”

For National Teacher Day on May 3, he wrote an acrostic poem for his teacher using the letters of her name. Usually I would encourage him to use adjectives, but for this poem I asked him to write about school activities that he enjoyed or specific examples of ways in his teacher was “awesome.” It was a nice way to work a little poetry into his everyday life.

Today and all week long, celebrate the inspirational teachers in your life during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, 2016. Celebrate teachers outside the classroom too – coaches, mentors, tutors, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, babysitters. Share a memory, a story, or a photo on social media with the hashtag #ThankATeacher.

Remember to thank and support teachers year-round too. The National Education Association (NEA) offers 7 tips for families to effectively partner with and support teachers:
* Develop a relationship with your child’s teacher and keep in touch with him/her often
* Ask the right questions
* Set goals with your child and his/her teacher and foster the achievement of those goals
* Review your child’s data to ensure he/she is on track
* Look in your child’s backpack every day
* Frequently view the parent portal (or whichever tool your child’s school uses)
* Actively participate at school when possible

How will you honor the teachers in your life? If you are a teacher or coach, what is the most memorable appreciation that you received?

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