Teacher Appreciation Week: Can there be too much appreciation?

Today is officially Teacher Appreciation Day. Although many schools celebrate it as Teacher Appreciation Week.

As much as I do appreciate and love all of our teachers (They are underpaid, work terribly hard with the students and annoying parents — like me!), I would propose that maybe in some schools Teacher Appreciation Week has gone too far.

Here are a few examples:

I have been told that at our old school in Gwinnett they had to make each day’s celebration standard because the mothers would try to outdo each other and make it completely over the top. Despite each day having a predetermined theme, often it still ended up over the top. I was room-mom two years running and Teacher Appreciation Week took a ton of time and energy.

My partner my first year took the simple things and made them gigantic. Instead of just having the kids bring in simple flowers and putting them together for the teacher she had giant bouquets made. Instead of just letting the kid’s bring in teacher’s favorite candy, we had candy printed with her name on it and we love you! (That one was my idea. You can print on M&Ms.) We would organize thank you note bouquets and collect books to replenish the class library.  We would pick up lunch for the teacher, bring in a cake and present at the end of the week. (Plus we included the parapros in all the festivities.)

Two years ago I think I cooked several dishes for the luncheon and then helped set up and serve for several hours. Last year I believe they ordered in lunch for the teachers, which I was so grateful not to have to make dishes on top of everything else.

(We also did a special needs teacher luncheon around the same time. So it was more dishes to make and serve. I completely believe those teachers deserve recognition and appreciation but it was a lot of work.)

In my friend’s school in Forsyth County, the job is so big the room moms can’t handle it. They have a special chair for Teacher Appreciation Week. All my buddies are muttering “just got to get through teacher appreciation week.”

I can’t decided if out West is just lower key or if I am just flying under the radar this year.  As far as I can tell the school is doing a movies and food for the teachers each day in the break room. And then also sending home a meal I think.

I have sent in a 12-pack of Sprite and baked two-dozen cookies but that is it thus far.

(Literally while I am writing this I got an email from a mom in my daughter’s class asking if folks want to just send in some flowers on Wednesday. I wrote back sure. I also sent a note to two moms in Walsh’s class asking “Are we doing anything?” I don’t want to introduce anything too crazy from back home because then the other mother’s will hate me for making their lives harder!)

I have personally put forth at PTA meetings that the Teacher Appreciation celebrations be moved to earlier in the year, say January or February, when there is less going on. It’s just too stressful at the end of the year.  I was told the official national day was in May so hence it would stay.

With this blog I am now soliciting the national appreciation day be moved to January or February when there is less going on. That would be a lovely time for a celebration and less stressful on mothers dealing with end of the year parties, projects and wrap up!

So what do you think: Does your school appreciate the teachers or are they over the top? What is an appropriate amount of appreciation?  Would it help to move the week earlier in the year away from the end-of-year craziness?

– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, ajc.com Momania. I have increased my Twitter activity. I am sending out great stories for moms each day focusing on health, fitness, sex, entertainment, food, travel and obviously parenting! So follow me on Twitter at @AJCMOMania!)

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malleesmom

May 3rd, 2011
5:30 am

So I’ve obviously missed that you’ve moved. Don’t know how that happened LOL.

As for teacher appreciation – our school in Gwinnett has kept it pretty simple the last couple of years. That still does not stop the over competitive room rep from trying to show up everyone one else but as a parent, I just don’t play along :) I have left the level of appreciation up to the child. If the child’s had a good year and likes her teacher, we contribute. If not, then the child decides how much she’s willing to do. As a parent, I do write a personal note or card to the teacher. They appreciate those much more than the “stuff”. Additionally our PTA provides lunch for our teachers which I know they enjoy. We have something brought in, no one has to cook.

Jocelyn

May 3rd, 2011
5:51 am

So why did you decide to participate for so long? If you think it is too much, just don’t get involved. I am sure your school wouldn’t like to see someone who volunteers happily at their school, writing a blog about it being “too much”.

Brenda

May 3rd, 2011
6:15 am

AS an educator for 27 years, i appreciate evreything you parents do to recognize National teachers day. My favorite gifts are handwritten notes from kids.If you feel you must do something more..lunch brought in is nice as well as gift cards.

mom3boys

May 3rd, 2011
6:43 am

This is an elementary school phenom…rest assured, we get nada in middle school (and even less, if possible in HS!). I liked when it was simple things for the teachers when my guys were little…but now it’s just nuts. However, it’s cool if you’re on the receiving end, I suppose.

motherjanegoose

May 3rd, 2011
7:16 am

Short answer…you can never do to much for your child’s teacher.

Long answer…to me, this is like doing too much for your Mother on Mother’s Day.
Can anyone ever appreciate, a good Mother or Teacher, enough? Only if you do/did not have one.

TWG, yes many folks here in metro Atlanta are trying to out do one another…in every way.
I am reminded about it as I set foot out of the state most weeks.

I recently looked again at a watercolor I have in my house, that was presented to me by my class YEARS AGO. They all pitched in and purchased it together. I have enjoyed it for almost 20 years. It is not something that was good for a day, week or month. The artist was a parent of another student. Fond memories.

A big thanks to those parents who pitched in to show me their appreciation and now I have enjoyed the print for years and years to come.

HATS OFF TO ALL GOOD TEACHERS!

motherjanegoose

May 3rd, 2011
7:27 am

TWG…to solve the date dilemma, you can always tell your kid’s teachers that you will be appreciating them all year long. I had a Momma bring me a lovely deli salad at her fall conference appointment. She said, ” I am thinking you might be hungry and thought I would share this with you!”
HOORAH a parent who showed up for a conference AND thought of me too. I took that idea and did it for my kid’s teachers. Not always a salad but a snack. Little things do mean a lot!

mom2alex&max

May 3rd, 2011
7:45 am

My kids’ school does it in February. It’s still is a big ole PITA for the room moms. This year I got talked into being room mom for my youngest class. Day 1: collecting supplies in a basket. Day 2: I can’t remember. Day 3: arrange to have lunch delivered to teacher from their favorite place. Day 4: arrange for breakfast to be delivered. Day 5: arrange to have parent subs for 2 hours while the PTA puts a lavish luncheon. Plus arrange for a “heartfelt, preferably home-made class gift” That one sucked for me as I am not creative AT ALL.

Look, I am not saying they don’t deserve it, they do. But dang it’s a lot of work. Ugh.It made it harder in this class since it;s very small and most of the moms work outside the home, so volunteering is hard to come by.

motherjanegoose

May 3rd, 2011
8:01 am

@momtoalexandmax….You can have parent subs? Do most schools do this?

When my son was in 1st grade, I went in to his class to share some non spooky Halloween things.
The teacher had to step out to return a phone call ( before cell phones) and asked for a parapro, from another class to come in “for legal reasons”. We were fine. The next week she mentions to me, “The parapro said WOW that Mom was the best storyteller I have ever heard come to school…she really had the kid’s attention.”

We laughed as she informed her that I was a teacher myself and a storyteller to boot!

I was a MOM, and a teacher myself but could not be in the class alone and that was almost 20 years ago.

Rockdale Resident

May 3rd, 2011
8:02 am

To agree with mom3boys, this is not something I ever see as a high school teacher… if anything is done for us, it is done by the administrators and perhaps one of the clubs will provide snacks. This is fine, we do not coem to work for elaborate banquets, but I would also agree with those above– a nice, personal email or note from a parent or student would make my day.

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Tad Jackson

May 3rd, 2011
8:22 am

Food. Just give us a bunch of good food. Thank you very munch.

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motherjanegoose

May 3rd, 2011
8:31 am

@ Tad TRUE…when I taught, we had breakfast in the break room on Friday morning. We took turns signing up once a semester and the teachers themselves brought it in. The food was gone in 15 minutes…:)
I once said that if we put a can of cat food, with a dollop sour cream on top and a bowl of crackers…it would also vanish. It is amazing how HUNGRY the teachers were! Are they still hungry?

Off to the little kids…have a sunny day all!

motherjanegoose

May 3rd, 2011
8:32 am

LOL…cat food dumped out of the can…not still in the can! I think most teachers, who are hungry, can still read. OUTTA HERE…..

LeeH1

May 3rd, 2011
8:37 am

Aww. Just give them a box of tea bags and tell ‘em their job is next on the chopping block! Any one can teach small kids-look at the comment about the Mom who was a good story teller! We don’t need so many teachers, and we don’t need their high salaries that and generous benefits that are bankrupting America! Let them find a real job where they can be appreciated with a good salary, and not by bogus days arranged by Tiger Moms.

Becky

May 3rd, 2011
8:45 am

My two were sent home a note that tells you something that can be brought in each day (if you want to)..Guess, I’m lucky that my two love their teachers, so they take something in each day…We also take something in to the principal and asst. principal for appreciation week..

@MJG..No, I don’t think you can ever show to much appreciation for a really good teacher or Mom..The teacher that the boy has this year wasn’t his teacher last year, but they had interacted during the year and that made such an impression on him that we bought her something last year just for that reason..

@mom2alex&max..I’m glad that we don’t have to deal with having lunch or breakfast brought in..As for the home made gift, if it were food, that would be easy for me..But, they won’t let you bring in homemade food, it all has to be store bought…

motherjanegoose

May 3rd, 2011
8:46 am

I know I said I was outta here and after this comment, I REALLY am….

@LeeH1, I think you are trying to stir up the puddin’ but if not….

did you READ my comment? I am a good storyteller, I am also a teacher, author and educational consultant who trains educational professionals from from coast to coast.

No, anyone cannot teach small kids…in fact, MOST folks cannot. Get back with us after you have spent a week in Kindergarten by yourself.

There are many jobs that are difficult and demand respect but, in my book, those who say anyone can teach are usually NOT those who have been in the classroom recently.

AS a repeat, my wonderful neighbor is brilliant in science matters and worked in that arena for years.
She is now teaching HS Physics. I LOVE chatting with her about what she has learned since putting a teacher hat on. She knows a TON more than I ever will but has learned a TON about families and students since putting that hat on.

DB

May 3rd, 2011
9:01 am

OK — I’m going to get slammed for this: But just how much “homage” do teachers need? A Teacher Appreciation Day — great. Love it. But our school really went over the top for Teacher Appreciation Week — I remember that they used to be exhausting, simply trying to coordinate tired and distracted parents and kids. Flowers on one days, personal notes on the other, books/supplies on another, etc., etc., and if you were on the TAW committee, Fridays was a half-day and the teachers had a luncheon at a local country club, beautifully decorated, with gift baskets for each teacher. This was on top of the parent who organized the teacher’s birthday remembrance (meal brought in, flowers and/or gift, etc.), the parents who organized the weekly snack in the teacher’s lounge (daily snack would be cookies or a fruit tray or a cheese/cracker tray, etc. brought to the the teacher’s lounge). Then there was the holiday remembrances — class gift or individual gift? Then, regardless of what you did during Teacher Appreciation Week, there was the end of year gift remembrance . . .

I love teachers. I adore teachers. My mom was a teacher — in fact, all the females in my family (and a few males) except me are teachers at one level or another (and I’ve even substituted!) But where do you draw the line? I can’t think of any other profession where this sort of “appreciation” is de rigeur, especially to the level that it seems to have reached in some schools.

Kat

May 3rd, 2011
9:09 am

Our elementary school also has Teacher Appreciation Week in February. I love the idea of appreciating teachers, but it was a lot to handle in one week:
Monday: Appreciation note to the teachers written by your child; Tuesday: Flower Day – send in a (ONE!) flower – paper or real; Wednesday: Teacher’s “Favorite” Day – send in an item that your child’s teacher loves such as chocolate, sweets, etc. (this was also the Teachers’ Luncheon Day so two parents came in and handled the class for about 1 1/2 hours by themselves!); Thursday: Card or drawing day; Friday: School supply day to replenish, etc.

This whole week would not have been too much if:
1) It was not also Valentine’s Week and I had three kids to work with on their cards for classmates
2) It was not also Chick Fil-A night that we needed to attend for class “participation”
3) It was not also Jump Rope for Heart week where donations needed to be gathered

catlady

May 3rd, 2011
9:24 am

It is interesting/amazing to read about how others do it. In my school, we have a day when the PTA (emphasis on the T–we only have about a half dozen active parent PTA members for a school of 600 plus) brings lunch-tomorrow–can’t wait! No parties, nothing over the top, few gifts or cards. One year they gave us $50 to spend on the classroom as well. That was really neat. You have to remember, however, that 90% of the money raised for PTA is by the teachers.

What MJG said, in spades. A good teacher makes it look easy.

BTW, MJG, I am doing my “thing” at the school where my daughter teaches today. Every year I go over and do a storyreading to her class on my way back from the doctor. However, praise God, this year I have been healthier so I am having to take a day of personal leave to do it! And I am presenting to the whole second grade, in shifts, this time! Hope the old voice holds out!

melissa

May 3rd, 2011
9:25 am

i’m a gwinnett mom and i haven’t sent anything yet…first off busy, secondly forgetful. maybe i’ll take time out to HAND write her a note. she knows how i feel…very appreciative throughout the WHOLE school year

catlady

May 3rd, 2011
9:26 am

One more thing: Please celebrate with me the birth of my newest grandchild. He was born this morning at 2:44!

catlady

May 3rd, 2011
9:30 am

Let me weigh in on one more thing. I like having TAW toward the end of the year. It provides a welcome pick-me-up after the rigors of CRCT and all the activities that have kept us so busy all year.

Theresa, how are your kids adjusting to life out there? Do you think they are behind, compared to other kids, or do they fit in academically and socially?

JJ

May 3rd, 2011
9:37 am

Congrats Catlady!!!!! How many grands do you have now?

Atlmom

May 3rd, 2011
9:37 am

The room mom is doing all the stuff. I figure I have volunteered enough this year, I’ll have my kid make a card today for his teacher, but I don’t think I’m doing more than that. It’s exhausting. And as someone mentioned it’s the end of the school year (and I had one kiddle birthday last week – so a party this weekend – and one kiddle birthday is the end of school).
Reading more and more of these comments makes me want to homeschool more and more…

Alecia

May 3rd, 2011
9:42 am

Well said DB. I appreciate my child’s teacher and realize that teaching little ones(esp. in tdy’s pub. school) takes a certain skill set. My accountant and attorney also have special skills and I do not honor them on their birthday, Christmas, appreciation day, and at the end of the year. Nor do I volunteer to work in their offices for free on a regular basis. I am sure they would appreciate some of these things, considering that everyone has been affected by the economy. Yes, we participate in all of the appreciation. However, we do have to ask “How much is enough?” I do have to ask myself sometimes how the child feels that cannot participate in all of this appreciation, because their family’s income has been cut. When public schools suggest each parent bring in a gift card from Macy’s or Macaroni Grill 4 x’s a year, it might be a little overwhelming for some parents. And this does not include all of the parapros, bus drivers, and specials. Multiply this by more than 1 child and it can really become hefty.

mom & teacher

May 3rd, 2011
9:50 am

As the mom of two elementary school children, I absolutely appreciate the wonderful job their teachers do each and every day. I am happy to show our appreciation to them. However, as my daughter was watercolor painting her handmade cards (and counter and floor and self), and I was making the dish for the luncheon tomorrow, I could help but feel a bit bitter and resentful knowing that none of my students were probably in their backyards picking flowers for me. :) But seriously, I hope that I remember as my children go on to high school to continue to let their teachers know how much they are appreciated in tangible ways like a hand written note.

Techmom

May 3rd, 2011
9:51 am

Congratulations Catlady!

Thankfully my son’s school listened and moved teacher appreciation week back to March. There’s just too much going on right now with school wrapping up. I took a step back this year from all the involvement b/c I just don’t have the time and only volunteered to send stuff (versus organize it). They did a school-wide breakfast one day and a dessert bar at lunch one day so I sent stuff for that. But nothing individual. My son is in 10th grade and has 7 teachers… it just gets to be too much to do something individual for each of them. I will send a hand-written thank you card the last week of school though.

Becky

May 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

@DB..Do most schools expect you to do all of that? As I mentioned, the note sent home with my two was that you can do something each day or only choose to do one thing..Of course, from what everyone else is saying, our list is nothing compared to other schools..

@catlady..Conrats on the new grandson..Hope that Mom, baby and family are doing well..

Atlmom

May 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

I don’t think that too much *can* be done for the teachers. We know how much stuff they do and how much stuff they get from the administration, etc.
As for your lawyer/accountant/etc – they get paid fairly – by you – for the job that they do. We are all well aware that teachers don’t make enough for the jobs they do.There is a large difference in that.

It’s funny – cause as a kid we were told unconditionally that we were not EVER to be able to bring a gift for a teacher (at least in high school) – it could be seen as a bribe.

theresa

May 3rd, 2011
9:58 am

c,ongrats catlady.so exciting. Give us more details
Mom to alex I forgot aboutb filing in for theteacher to enjoy the luncheon. I did that too. Catlady wil write later on the schools. Lots of thought as they are open enrollment here.
So glad some schools are doing ing feb. I think that would be les stresful. Just less stuff going on.

catlady

May 3rd, 2011
10:04 am

To all: Those handwritten cards are the best, from both you and your child. If you want to send a teacher into heaven, write them a card A YEAR OR MORE AFTER your child was in their room! I can assure you, THAT is incredible!

I was in the PO a few months ago. A former student is the postmaster. We were talking about what I am teaching now, and I told him, “I think God meant for me to work with these children.” And he said, “Well, I am glad that you were teaching kindergarten when I was in that grade.” I thanked him, and cried all the way to the car. What a bouquet he gave me that day!

A few weeks ago, a former student emailed me to say she and some of her classmates wanted to meet me for dinner to “talk over old times.” They are juniors in high school now. Well, I met them at the restaurant (we all paid for our own meals, of course, but they brought a cake) and spent 2 hours looking at pictures I had taken of their class and they told me things they remembered that we had done–things I thought were important at the time, but to hear them tell me–it was wonderful!

My daughters have written notes to former teachers, and the teachers have told me how much that meant to them. I know the ones I have gotten from parents of former children have given me a thrill.

JJ–this is number 4, the third boy. When I had my kids spaced 4-5 years apart, I never thought I would have 4 grandchildren in less than 4 years! Total joy, however. Thanks for asking!

Tad Jackson

May 3rd, 2011
10:15 am

catlady … I agree. Something a while later. That you changed my kid’s life … that because of you, he’s interested in _________. That he would have told you then, but he was too possessed by Evil and a gut full of Skittles. That kind of thing. It makes a teacher’s life.

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abc

May 3rd, 2011
10:18 am

While I think it’s wonderful to honor and celebrate teaching as a profession, I submit that teachers are neither underpaid nor overworked.

Teachers work around 190 days per year, compared with 245+ days for most other people. That’s about 23% less days worked. Cobb County teachers start at $38-39K per year; if they worked at the same pay rate for the same number of days as most people, it would increase their pay by about $9200. In other words, straight out of college, a rookie teacher will be paid at about the same rate as a rookie with a Computer Science degree.

Teachers have to maintain certifications, and so do technologists. Technologists can’t satisfy the requirement by taking courses such as how to use PowerPoint, though. Many teachers do spend their summers taking real classes, getting advanced degrees, etc; their pay scale increases along with it.

Teaching is a fine occupation, and they are fairly compensated, but frankly, I wouldn’t last a week as a teacher. I’d certainly not be able to tolerate all the little monsters!

Teacher, Too

May 3rd, 2011
10:28 am

Honestly, I don’t care one way or another about Teacher Appreciation Week. If I, and my colleagues, were respected, that would be more important than T.A.W. Just check out yesterday’s Get Schooled blog to see all the vitriol that is directed at teachers.

I love my students, and when I see that “AHA” moment, then I know I’ve accomplished something. Or, when I was grading my students’ last projects, and I’ve seen tremendous growth from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, then I feel a sense of accomplishment.

T.A.W. is lovely for those teachers whose parents or PTA do something nice for their teachers, and I’m sure the teachers are appreciative. However,the most important or meaningful “gift” I can ever receive is a note from my students. Those notes are what I have kept after twenty-two years of teaching.

NAGA

May 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

Just received a note sent via my duaghter by the “room mom” stating (not far from a direct quote):

First off, I realize first hand that the economy has been harsh on local families but we are fortunate to live in a prosperous area and we should celebrate by recognizing teacher ABC. Please either supply cash or gift cards.

My family has already donated class supplies to begin the year (did not receive the slightest of any form of an appreciation), paid for a christmas (or how the schools label it – winter break) present for the teacher and partially funded a class field trip. As a man who does not show up every day at school, I feel like my “contributions” are not appreciated by the school/class and have decided not to donate anything else.

Teachers need to become more thankful to those who cannot be at the school day-in-day out.

jarvis

May 3rd, 2011
10:38 am

Anyone on here ever lived in an apartment in NYC? If so, please share with the others what you were required to provide for your doorman at Christmas.

Also, would any of the business people on here like to share how much was spent on thier Admin/Secretaries last week including presents and lunch?

Both of these DWARF anything I’ve ever given to a teacher.

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Teacher, Too

May 3rd, 2011
10:49 am

By the way, I have always written thank you notes to every student who has ever given me a gift. It is proper manners, which I always strive to teach my students. I even write thank you notes to the PTSA and my administrators when they provide breakfast or lunch for the teachers. How many parents require their child(ren) to write thank you notes for gifts they have received?

Funny how things work two ways. Seldom am I thanked for the times I provide school supplies to those students who come without, or when I buy small tokens for students at each holiday– all of which I gladly pay for myself.

At winter break and at the end of the year, I send all my parents an e-mail expressing my appreciation for them, letting them know how much I have enjoyed teaching their children throughout the year.

DB

May 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

@Atlmom: Very few people, regardless of their profession, think they are paid “enough”. While being paid more is better, at some point, I do wish teachers would get over this pity-party that seems to be a constant lament: “we are underpaid, no one knows how hard our job is, we have to take work home,” etc. etc. Guess what? Your attorney and your accountant takes work home, too. I’m a marketing manager — a 65 hour work week is par for the course for me, especially when you add in work/social events, etc, then the number rises even more.

Teaching is a hard job. So is getting up in front of a jury and arguing a case passionately, concisely and convincingly. So is completing a tax return (if you could do it, you wouldn’t hire an accountant . . .). So is heart surgery. Managing a popular restaurant or retail store is certainly not a 9-5 job, either. Talk about high stress jobs — want to be an airline pilot? How about an architect? Air traffic controller? No? Ask 2/3 of the teachers why they chose teaching, and many of them will admit it’s because they felt teaching dove-tailed well with raising a family in terms of hours and vacations — very few will wax lyrical on the opportunity to form young minds, etc. :-) There’s nothing wrong with that — it’s practical and it fills a definite need in society with an honorable profession. If teachers don’t think they are being compensated fairly for their efforts, then it’s time to find another job — just like the rest of the world. Good luck finding another job that gives you basically 3 months off each year (summers, a week in the spring and two weeks during Christmas) and brings you lunch on your birthday, sets aside an entire week to tell you how wonderful you are and leaves free munchies for you in your break room :-).

Atlmom

May 3rd, 2011
10:55 am

Yes, handwritten cards are fantastic. I taught classes when I was in grad school. I let one of my students miss an exam (and make it up) – and I got a handwritten card from the mom telling me how wonderful i was to understand about the issues that her child had (she had to return home).
I think that was my best student, BTW.
Anyway, yes, 15 + years later, I still remember how incredibly wonderful that was.

Atlmom

May 3rd, 2011
11:00 am

@DB: certainly here they are paid better than other places…a friend of mine was teaching in NYC and she said she couldn’t make it thru the year without working in the summer.
When she moved down here (the pay cut was about nothing) she said she could choose to not work in the summers and be fine.
I have contemplated becoming a math teacher. the pay sucks, compared with pay I could receive anywhere else, let me tell you. So I have some kind of existential discussions with myself: there aren’t enough math teachers – do I owe it to those kids, who I don’t know, to go in the schools and teach? Hmmm….haven’t done anything at this point… the idea seems okay, but I don’t know that I could handle the kids (yes, kudos to those who can – especially when dealing with the younger grades). And the pay isn’t so great…not so bad when you retire, but who knows if any of that will exist when I would be able to retire. Yes, I know people who have gone into teaching as a ‘change’ of careers, and the ’safety’ of it is why they did it – the retirement benefits didn’t hurt.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

May 3rd, 2011
11:10 am

Jarvis — I have done the doorman thing!!!! we were so broke after — but you know what I visited the apt. building 10 years later and those doormen remembered me and hugged me — I don’t think for the tip though – I think because I was nice to them and chatted with them all year long not just at gift time.

Michael visited the building before and no one remembered him at all — but they all were so friendly to me! he was shocked. I;m like it’s cause I am nice to people!!!

Warrior Woman

May 3rd, 2011
11:25 am

@ Tad Jackson – Truly LOL (my secretary is looking at me like I’m nuts) at “he was too possessed by Evil and a gut full of Skittles” :)

[...] Today is officially Teacher Appreciation Day. Although many schools celebrate it as Teacher Appreciation Week. As much as I do appreciate and love all of our teachers (They are underpaid, work terribly hard with the students and annoying parents — like … read full article… [...]

Tad Jackson

May 3rd, 2011
11:35 am

Warrior Woman … that’s called fact-based reporting, and it’s usually the funniest stuff you’ll ever write! In other words, the dang truth! Tell your secretary hello!

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RJ

May 3rd, 2011
11:41 am

This is an interesting topic because up until last night, I had NO idea that it was even teacher appreciation week and I’m a teacher!!! If it goes overboard in Gwinnett, it goes way underboard in poor, Title I schools. I have never seen any of what I’ve read today. Heck, my principal didn’t even think enough of us to mention it. If are a teacher and get you get loads of gifts, be thankful. I have no idea how that feels. Our students expect us to give them gifts for everything.

I will be getting my kid’s teachers something small with handwritten cards as I always do. For my highschooler I send ecards. I always personalize them. It’s always appreciated.