Monday, May 8, 2017

What educators really want for Teacher Appreciation Week (we asked)

What educators really want for Teacher Appreciation Week (we asked):

This is how you thank a teacher

What teachers really want

What do educators really want for Teacher Appreciation Week? This! (and we know, because we asked)



Treat me like the professional I am
"We are educated professionals who work with kids every day. We want the responsibility and the authority to collaborate with colleagues and design instruction."
We also love personal notes
"I loved thank you notes from kids/parents telling me what a difference I had made in their lives. I retired last year and It was touching to read through cards that I had saved over the years!" BONUS: Parents send a note to the principal saying why you appreciate your child's teacher/educator.
Pay me like the professional I am
"A raise so I wouldn't need a side job. I would like to feel that I am respected and valued. One of the best ways to make me feel that way, incidentally, would be to pay me a reasonable wage."
Respect!
"Respect! Many parents and politicians have no clue the endless amount of dedication and passion I pour into my career."
Trust me
"We have expertise and experience. We are qualified and we care. We have knowledge of students and how to best understand and meet their educational needs."
Time to teach (not ruled by testing)
"We have expertise and experience. We are qualified and we care. We have knowledge of students and how to best understand and meet their educational needs."
Support our public schools
"I'd love an end to the privatization assault on the public schools."
Respect!
"I'd love an end to the privatization assault on the public schools."
A simple thank you
"I gave a gift I would love to receive. I asked every student in my son's class to write his/her favorite memory of the school year. I put it in a jar and labeled it ‘Chicken Soup for the Teacher.’ She cried when she received it."
Everything for our students
"I gave a gift I would love to receive. I asked every student in my son's class to write his/her favorite memory of the school year. I put it in a jar and labeled it ‘Chicken Soup for the Teacher.’ She cried when she received it."
Bonus: A new Secretary of Education :)


What educators really want for Teacher Appreciation Week (we asked):

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