It’s Teacher Appreciation Week.
It truly takes a special person to be a teacher. I know, I know…some of us think that anyone can do it. Heck, I used to want to be a teacher. That was until I tried teaching my own daughter when she was 4. It is definitely not as easy as it looks or as we think it is.
Imagine, if you will, trying to teach 15 or more kids who have the same sassy attitude as your child. Imagine teaching kids who throw things at you and yell at you and have temper tantrums. Imagine teaching kids who could care less what you are trying to say to them. Those who become teachers have to overcome all of this on top of trying to teach kids who all learn differently. And not only do our teachers teach our children what they need to know in order for them to succeed, they also teach them how to interact with people and in society.
And most of the time, we, as parents, give them a hard time when our child isn’t doing well. Instead of going and talking to them in a civilized manner, we get upset when they tell us that our child is misbehaving or that our child is struggling because, I mean, how can that be. Our child is perfect. Except they’re not. Because when you have to deal with your child yelling at you, you don’t stop to think that they may act like that at school too. Or when you’re helping your child with his/her homework, we don’t stop to think that maybe them asking us 50 questions about how to do one problem is a warning that they don’t understand the work.
Our teachers, they’re amazing. To do what they do on a daily basis, to teach our children and help them to succeed, to help them learn and grow, they are amazing. And that’s why we should all thank our educators for the job they’re doing. That’s why this week, go up to your child’s teacher and say Thank You.
To all my friends who are teachers, thank you for the job you do. Thank you for taking on the responsibility of teaching our kids. Thank you for being there and leading them when I can’t be. You all are awesome and do something that most don’t want to do. Because being a teacher, it’s one of the toughest jobs out there.
Please. Thank an educator this week. Thank 5 or 10 or heck, go thank an entire school full of educators. They deserve it.