Have you ever thought about the extra time, energy, patience and TLC teachers log to try to ensure our children get good educations? Well now is a great time, because it’s National Teacher Appreciation Week!
One recent study found the average teacher in the U.S. works 50 hours per week, encompassing 12 hours of work for which they never get paid — grading papers, supervising extracurricular activities, counseling students, etc.
A teacher impacts some 3,000 students over the course of a career, often in ways that transcend the academic.
In one study, for example, 83 percent of U.S students ages 7 to 15 said a teacher had boosted their self-esteem and confidence, while 79 percent said a teacher encouraged them to follow their dreams and 75 percent pointed to a teacher as a mentor or role model.
Here are a few simple ways to show a teacher you care in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week:
- Pick out a cute little notebook that can help them stay organized, along with a handwritten note with a message such as “Just a note to say you’re a great teacher!”
- Stop at the local coffee shop (or log on to its website) so you can buy and send your teacher a gift card to fund their favorite up-and-at-‘em beverage. The note you enclose could say something clever like, “Thanks a latte for all your hard work!”
- Select a beautiful flowering plant or one with lush green foliage that can grace a teacher’s desk to remind them they’re appreciated. Your card could offer a meaningful message from your child such as, “Thank you for helping me grow.”
At Alert Solutions, we’re thankful for the incredible teachers and educators we work with on a day-to-day basis. Feedback from the teachers at the k-12 schools we work with help us improve our school notification systems, ensuring we have the top-notch tools we need to keep k-12 schools safer and better organized.