Though I do not presently have a classroom of students, I will always be a teacher at heart and have a heart for teachers. Now that I’m a mom, I have a renewed respect and outlook on teachers. After 15 years in the profession, I came to realize that teachers get a thrill from any token of appreciation.
Below, I share 10 acts of kindness and love that someone did for me while I was a teacher. They are some of the most treasured tokens that some of my loved ones granted me. It is a super stressful and underpaid profession. When your loved ones show that they “get you” as a teacher, it means the world. Never underestimate the POWER of APPRECIATION!
Without further ado, here are 10 tickets to a teacher’s heart:
1. When they get home, hand them their favorite beverage and rub their feet.
2. Listen to their stories about their students, parents and co-workers with empathy and emotion. When they say, “my kids” referring to their students, just go with it. In fact, when you talk about the students to the teacher, refer to them as “your kids” to show you’re on board! (not your kids but the teacher’s kids….)
3. Forgive them for teaching everyone in the family and anyone else they come in contact with. It’s who they are. It’s in their blood. There is no on or off switch.
4. If you thank them for their countless hours and dedication to children, they feel gracious for your understanding. Chances are they’re really not appreciated enough at the job site.
5. It’s a good idea to ask them to text you when they leave the job site. Have a bubble bath waiting for them when they enter the home. Friday is a good time for this.
6. It will turn them on if you help them grade papers or enter grades for them on the computer.
7. A teacher could spend a lifetime preparing and not be prepared enough, so if they put in long hours, be understanding.
8. Never use, “You have the summer off!”, against the person or say anything negative about the salary.
9. Help them get through the day by sending them sweet, sexy, complimentary emails, text or flowers once a day goes a long way If you know their love language, use it to connect with your loved one with intimacy and fulfillment.
10. Teaching can be like working for a non-profit, so if your partner is spending a lot of money on their classroom or students, be understanding.
I promise if the above is done everyone in the household & classroom will benefit!
*Forward this to everyone you know who has a teacher in their life.
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Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours! Remember to have fun, laugh and give God the glory! I love you! SS