Appreciate your tween’s teachers
Teacher Appreciation Day should be all year round. The Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com) published some articles on Teacher Appreciation Day. Antonio Villaraigosa of Latino Voices wrote an open letter: “…thank you for your countless hours, your sweat and tears, and your relentless commitment to our children. And I’d also like to thank you in advance for inspiring the next generation of teachers.”
Elena Aguilar of Home wrote “Teachers deserve such massive amounts of appreciation that to cram it into one day, or even one week, just feels dismissive. Aguilar was a former teacher who believed in positive feedback and in teaching students to help and appreciate each other. She feels teacher appreciation needs to be expressed by our whole society in many ways, including monetarily. By teaching students how to appreciate each other, the teachers will get recognition as well.
Teachers can change lives. Their influence and encouragement and patience can make a huge difference for a student. There is a great program called Send Cheer to Teachers (www.btfe.com/sendcheer). This program has Cheer cards, Cheerios, and Box Tops for Education. It offers your school the chance to win cheer for your tween’s teachers all year long. Look for the marked boxes of Cheerios. Then enter to win $20,000 or one of four $5,000 prize packs for you and your school.
Perhaps our public schools would improve if the teachers were given more recognition. Class sizes in LAUSD (www.lausd.net) are overwhelmingly large, which makes it nearly impossible for even the best of teachers to get to know their students. Good teachers are invested in their schools. Parent volunteers and supportive administrations are very important. Preteens are often caught up with their friends and homework. Let’s encourage them to appreciate their teachers!