It’s National Teacher Appreciation Day today, May 8th.
Share your thanks with the teachers in your life!
Where would any of us be without education? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows education pays; the higher our level of education, the higher our wages are and the less likely we are to be unemployed.
Who Educated You and Your Employees?
Your staff benefited from exemplary teachers while growing up, and probably from educators who taught them job skills as adults. This week, show your gratitude to your former teachers and those who conduct training for your employees. And what about staff whose partners, parents or children are teachers? Take the time to thank them as well.
A Simple Thank You
As the National PTA says, sometimes a simple thank you is all a teacher needs to feel valued. But sometimes you want to do more for those at the heart of learning. As the Teacher Appreciation site notes, your appreciation gift for teacher need not be extravagant; even a simple note of thanks can really go a long way to making someone feel special and valued. Or how about a gift certificate of gratitude with a free enclosure card?
Ways to Say Thank You
The National Education Association offers plenty of ways to thank teachers on National Teacher Day and all week (yes it’s National Teacher Appreciation Week too). As the site says: Great teachers make great schools!
§ Participate in the NEA’s “Teacher Thank-You Project” by writing a teacher thank-you note and sharing it on the virtual mural tribute.
The NEA’s “Teacher Thank-You Project”was started in 2009 by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. This inspirational worldwide effort to thank teachers is a mural of thousands of notes and letters. The NEA is keeping the project going by creating the largest on-line virtual tribute of thanks to teachers’ hard work and dedication. Share your gratitude on the mural today!
§ Join the NEA and Parenting.com sponsored, “My Amazing Teacher Campaign”.
§ Help spread the word by tweeting Teacher Week messages using the #thankateacher hashtag.
The NEA offers some sample tweets:
- If you can read, #thankateacher
- If you followed your dreams, #thankateacher
- If you graduated, #thankateacher
§ Downloading National Teacher Day planning materials and artwork, including a poster, web buttons and banners.
If you’re interested in the history of National Teacher Day and week, read Education Bug article, Teacher Day in the USA.
Appreciate Your Employees
And remember, you can use many of these ways to say thank you on other occasions, such as Employee Appreciation Day, which Recognition Professionals International notes is always the first Friday in March.
Do you remember a favorite teacher? What did you do to thank him or her?
Happy National Teacher Day!
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