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Celebrate the teachers in your life

May 9, 2017

Did you know that in Hawaii public schools, there are over 10,941 teachers, 170 librarians, and 602 counselors? (Hawaii 2015 Superintendent’s Annual Report, 2014-2015 School Year)

Did you know that on average, teachers work more than 52 hours a week, including 30 hours of instruction and 22 hours on tasks like preparing lessons and grading papers? (National Center for Education Statistics 2011-12 School and Staffing Survey)

Teachers give us so much, and their job is much harder than we realize. They prepare lesson plans that engage and inspire students. They find a balance between correcting mistakes and encouraging excellence. They stay after school for homework clubs and mentoring. They show up at school events in the evenings and on weekends. They make the classroom a safe place to learn, challenge assumptions, and build character.

Today is National Teacher Day, part of a week-long event celebrating the teachers in our lives. You can say “Thank You” by joining the 2017 #ThankATeacher campaign and sharing stories and photos of special teachers.

My son is completing the fifth grade this year, and I want to take a moment to thank my fifth grade teacher, Ms. Foster. She was energetic and fun and it was the year I started to see teachers as real people, outside of school. She set up a classroom economy with jobs, a bank, and even checkbooks. She gave us daily writing assignments to practice our writing skills and encourage creative writing. To this day, I remember the first verses of “Do your ears hang low?” and “I Can’t Do That Sum” that we had to recite.

If you need some inspiration, the National PTA offers a free Teacher Toolkit to personally thank teachers for making a positive impact on your life and children’s lives.

If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews in school, here are 7 ways that How Can Families Effectively Partner With and Support Teachers, courtesy of the National Education Association:

  • 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

Which teachers had the biggest impact on your life? How will you thank a teacher today?

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Teachers are real-life heroes

May 3, 2016

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?

We love our teachers!

May 7, 2013

National Teacher Day 2013

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery,” said Mark Van Doren.

Today is National Teacher Day, and this week marks National Teacher Appreciation Week. Let’s all take time to honor our teachers and show them that they have made a difference in our lives.

For crafters and older children, I’d like to share some beautiful, fun, creative gifts to give to teachers. Tip Junkie has compiled two awesome lists: “24 Teacher Appreciation Gifts” and “32 Beautiful Teacher Appreciation Thank You Gifts” (some with free printables), on everything from a jar of appreciation and door decorations to candy lei and apple Rice Krispie treats.

For children of all ages and younger children especially, here are 7 simple, inexpensive ways that children can show their teachers how important they are, individually or as a class:

1. Write a heartfelt thank you note. Make it more meaningful by adding something specific the teacher has said or done to inspire your child, advises Karen Bantuveris on Cozi.com.

2. Write an acrostic poem. Children can spell out their teacher’s name and write a poem about them.

3. Give a bouquet of flowers. Whether you made tissue paper flowers or pick real flowers from your garden, children can make their bouquet fun by adding a self-portrait. There’s a nice picture of a bouquet and wooden spoon people at PiggyGiggles.com.

4. Make a box of love notes. Choose a small box and cute notepaper to fit the box. Children can decorate each paper with a short note or message, from every child in the class, suggests the CurlyBirds blog.

5. Create a feel-good flipbook. Give each student a blank card and ask them to decorate it with notes, artwork, or photos, suggests Spoonful.com. The cards can be bound together with book rings and presented on a stand, so teachers can keep it on their desk year-round.

6. Compile a classroom gratitude book. Buy an inexpensive autograph book, and ask students (and parents too) to write a note to their teacher, along with a picture or photo, suggests PTOToday.com.

7. Plant a tree. With support from parents and the school principal, plant a tree at the school in honor of the teachers. Students can watch it grow every year, recommends Baudville.com (there are 59 other suggestions in their free PDF “Teacher Appreciation Ideas eBook”).

Even if it’s been years since you’ve been in a classroom, it’s never too late to write a letter to our favorite teacher, telling them how much we admire them and how they changed our life.

What teachers have inspired you? If you’re a teacher, what is the best gift that you have received?