National Teacher Appreciation Week may just come around once a year, but let’s be honest: Teachers should be appreciated every day … and twice on Sundays! So while the PTO is busy planning that brunch, and the principals are scrambling to put in the flower order, we thought we’d remind you of just why you R-O-C-K!
20 Reasons Why Teachers Are Incredible
Here are 20 reasons why the hard work and dedication of educators should be recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week, and every other day too!
Teachers Are Silent Heros
You work silently during and after school hours often without recognition. Sundays are spent planning and preparing for the school week ahead and the school holidays are often not really holidays. There is so much that you do that goes unnoticed. So much hard work goes behind the scenes. Thank you, teachers, for being incredible.
Teachers Still Plan and Prepare When They Are Sick
Every teacher knows that it’s more exhausting to plan for a substitute teacher than it is to drag your sick self to work and try to make it through the day. Going to work is often easier than trying to articulate your daily plans to a substitute teacher.
Then there’s the teacher’s guilt. How will your students cope without you? Will the lesson be taught as well as you would do it? Will your less confident students get the support that they need? Who will coordinate your after-school sports session?
For those days when taking a sick day is the only option, ease the stress and use our Substitute Teaching Folder (For Classroom Teachers). Download this unbeatable teaching resource now and collate all the information and resources substitute teachers may need when they come into your classroom in one organized folder!
Teachers Give the Most Important Gift of All
Not only do you give your students the gift of learning you also give them the gift of thinking for themselves. Never underestimate the positive impact you are making on the lives of individuals. You are truly incredible.
Teachers Make a Record Number of Decisions
Teachers make a huge number of decisions each day, much like a manager but without the manager paycheck. Teacher decisions are both big and small, but every one of them is as important to your students as the last. From grading to deciding whether to use messy paint or easy crayons, teachers make seemingly endless decisions each day.
Teachers Touch Every Aspect of Society
Teachers have a far-reaching influence on society. It is often said that other than parents or guardians, no other person can have a more profound influence on an individual than a teacher. Your students are deeply affected by your influence, your character, compassion, competence, values, and commitment.
Teachers Are Multi-Tasking Speed Eaters
I don’t know of any other profession in which it is the norm to eat your lunch in four minutes while supervising a large crowd of small humans, in a high-risk open space. How is that indigestion going?
Teachers Have Bladders of Steel
Teachers, there’s no time to go to the bathroom. Oh and I forgot to mention that you’ll be lucky if there’s time to go during your so-called break. Part of your job as a teacher is to monitor your water intake so that you don’t need to go to the bathroom during lesson time.
Teachers Shape Future Generations
Teachers shape the future by touching lives and strengthening communities. That is YOU I’m talking about. You are incredible.
Teachers Are Patience Experts
Teachers have the patience of a saint. That is all.
Teachers Are Student Mentors
Teachers are not just educators, they are also carers and mentors to their students. Not everyone realizes that teachers often help and support their students to beat the odds in challenging times at school and in their home life. Your class is like your extended family and you are incredible.
Teachers Listened to Their Higher Calling
Have you ever heard a teacher say that they can’t imagine doing any other job? Many teachers say that they didn’t choose the job, but rather that the job chose them.
Teachers Make Complicated Stuff Seem Simple
Teachers make solving long division feel like a breeze and constructing adjectival phrases feel like a walk in the park.
Teachers Put the Extraordinary Into the Ordinary
Teachers use kung fu to teach punctuation and games to teach mathematics. You are the magician and an incredible one at that.
Teachers Work Massive Hours
While most people expect to work a 40-hour full-time week, teachers are often working far more than this. We are talking before school, after school, weekends, and vacation. The Teach Starter team knows it, and we think you are incredible.
Teachers Arm Children with Education
As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Sums it up, doesn’t it?
Teachers Help Children to Discover Themselves
Teachers provide their students with the opportunity and classroom experience to discover themselves. From strengths and weaknesses to likes to dislikes, teachers help their students to develop emotional intelligence and to find out who they are.
Teachers Never Give Up
Teachers never give up on students. Instead, they think of yet another strategy to make the light bulb switch on. Teachers never give up on themselves or each other. They keep moving forward, however bad the day was. You are incredible.
Teachers Open Hearts and Inspire Minds
Teachers motivate their students and inspire them to be the best that they can be. Teachers encourage and believe in their students. This unwavering faith opens hearts and minds to the world of possibility. Did I tell you that you are incredible?
Teachers Are Crafty
Do you ever find yourself looking at a pile of trash and wondering whether you could make something out of that? Teachers often see serious craft potential in paper plates, tubes, and cardboard boxes. If you need any more convincing, read 10 Ways to Spark Imagination with a Cardboard Box … written by a teacher, of course!
Teachers Do What They Do From the Heart
It’s no secret teaching is a low-paid profession. If you’re not doing it for the money, you are doing it from the heart. You are incredible.
Teacher Appreciation Week Thank You Cards
We want to thank all of you, and we hope you’re saying thank you to your fellow teachers too! We’re making it a little easier with our Teacher Colleagues Thank You Cards. Choose from one of eight different messages, write a personalized note on the back, and pop them on your student teacher or assistant teacher’s desk as a lovely surprise.
Teacher Appreciation Week Gift Tags
If you are planning to offer a gift of appreciation, add an extra special touch to your wrapping by using our Teacher Colleague Gift Tags.