This year marks my 9th year of teaching. For the past 8 years, I taught and directed high school theatre and this school year I made a move and began teaching part-time 6th grade theatre. Safe to say, teaching has been a part of my adult life and has really shaped who I am and what I believe.
I don’t teach Math, Science, English, Social Studies, or any other core subject. I teach Theatre. My view as an arts educator is not to get everyone to think they should try and make it on Broadway someday, but to give them a skill set that will benefit them no matter what career they choose. In theatre, they learn leadership, confidence, time management, how to be a team player, and so much more.
Over the years, it’s been amazing to see students learn and grow not only in their talents, but what kind of amazing human beings they become. My favorite part about teaching is helping these kids grow.
Sometimes, teaching can be a thankless job. I don’t feel like I should be thanked for what I do all the time, but I do think it’s important to recognize the heart and passion teachers bring to their classroom.
And this goes all the way down to the teachers of the youngest students of all.
My girls go to a Mother’s Day Out program, and this program has been such a huge blessing to us. Kennedy comes home speaking Spanish and talking about thinks like the queen of England. I 100% believe this program is preparing them for kindergarten, and has taught them so many things I couldn’t even think of teaching! I owe them more than a thank you.
Every teacher deserves a thank you.
It’s important to thank a teacher because…
- they spend a lot of their own time preparing for their school day.
- they sometimes spend their own money to get what they need for the classroom.
- they also play the roles of mediator, therapist, cheerleader, and encourager.
- they certainly don’t teach for the money.
- they truly do it for the kids.
Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 2-6, and it’s the perfect time to show your appreciation. A huge fancy DIY is not necessary. Hand written notes can be the most powerful way to show thanks. I know I keep all of my handwritten notes from my students!
Tiny Prints is the perfect place for unique and personalized thank you cards. We just snagged some of our own and got to work on our gifts.
I love that Kennedy can color in these cards and be a part of the process. Caroline colored hers, too.
As a teacher, one of my favorite gifts to receive is gift cards. I thought it would be fun to do what I love to get but present it in a fun way. I purchased some Starbucks and Sonic gift cards, and put them in cute tumblers with some festive crinkle paper. It’s the perfect gift for some sweet beverages! With the addition of the handwritten personalized thank you card, who wouldn’t love a gift like that? Tiny Prints also put together a great post of teacher gift ideas to get you inspired!
If you’re looking for an easy teacher gift idea, this one is teacher approved (by yours truly, of course)!
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, Tiny Prints is offering 5 free thank you cards with your order, plus 50% off any thank you stationery with the code TEACHTHANKS. Such an awesome offer and opportunity to stock up on not only thank you cards from your kids, but for yourself!
Will you be writing a handwritten thank you this Teacher Appreciation Week? I hope you do!