I am not a full time teacher anymore. I still have plenty of friends who are and I am amazed at their dedication and endurance, especially around this time of year.
Right now primary school teachers are planning Christmas or end of year activities, organising leaving events for graduating students, marking work, writing reports AND continuing to teach your kids full time.
High school teachers would have just finished getting their VCE students through their final exams, attending graduation ceremonies, writing references for students who ask them, organising end of year and Christmas events for their lower high students, marking work AND continuing to teach.
This is not to say that teachers should be pitied or that they would complain. Many wouldn’t, why should they? They love it. But that’s not to say they shouldn’t be remembered and thanked for working extremely hard throughout the year, only to have their workload triple towards the end.
This is why I thought I would write a post on 5 reasons why you should thank your child’s teacher at the end of a busy year…
1. Teachers work long hours.
I know they have great holidays. But most of the teachers I know spend a good deal of those holidays recuperating from a busy semester, marking work and then planning for the next semester. Some of them may go home at 4.00pm, but many of them would be at home working well into the night.
2.Teachers are passionate.
They use much of their energy planning, teaching engaging lessons or thinking about how they could improve. Most of the teachers I have met have a love of learning that means they are constantly striving for improvement in themselves and their students.
3.Teachers use their own money for spoil your kids.
Budgets are getting tighter, but extrinsic motivations are always going to be a great incentive for your kids. Extrinsic motivations such as a gold sticker to say ‘Well Done’ or a round of chocolate bars for the group who worked well together are often paid for by the teacher. Once again, they are happy to do it, because the excitement of a treat is worth it for both teacher and student.
4. Teachers are emotionally invested.
Teachers care about their students. When your child has had a bad day, they will often be telling their partner about the situation when they get home. They will think about ways to help - sometimes at 3am! When your child has a win and does something they are proud of and goes home to tell their family - you can bet the teacher is doing the same!
5. Teachers don’t ask for thanks.
And they don’t expect it. The reason they do their jobs, and do them well is not for the pay, is not even for the holidays (that one surprised you!) - but for the opportunities to build relationships with growing minds and other adults who are passionate about doing the same.
…and that is why, even if they don’t ask for the thanks. I believe they deserve it.
Please take the time to send a card, write an email, make a quick phone call or even get your child to deliver a little gift saying thanks to one of your teachers for their hard work and passion throughout the year.
Appreciation will become another reason why they love their job.
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