How will you Thank a Teacher?

How will you #ThankATeacher?
Michelle Mueller, Principal of Wisconsin Connections Academy

As a former educator and current administrator, there’s nothing more motivating than seeing students thriving and making connections with their teachers. With Teacher Appreciation Week taking place May 7-11, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be surrounded by an incredible network of educators who let their dedication and love for teaching shine through every day.

Teachers give so much to students—from a quick boost of confidence to helping understanding a concept that’s causing them trouble—educators are always there. I can think of several occasions where my fellow educators took the time to support me when I needed it. This Teacher Appreciation Week, I encourage you to take a moment to thank your colleagues, past educators and administrators for the commitments and differences they are making, each and every day.

Here are a few ideas to #ThankATeacher this Teacher’s Appreciation Week:

• Share content using the hashtag #ThankATeacher on social media. Have a little fun by sharing photos and stories with the #ThankATeacher hashtag across social media. Many organizations will be hosting contests and other activities, so take some time to join in on the festivities.

• Let teachers know how their teaching connects with students’ lives. Taking a moment to acknowledge how a teacher is impacting a student’s life in a positive way is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give. Simply knowing that you’re making a difference is more valuable than any present could be.

• Get in touch. Whether it’s in person or virtually, take the opportunity to check in and say ‘thanks’ to an educator who has made a difference in your life. This simple action acts as a reminder of how big of an impact teachers make in our lives.

• Take advantage of these fun (and free) resources. The National PTA does a spectacular job of raising awareness and encouraging engagement throughout the week. This year, they’re offering everything from editable teacher appreciation certificates to social media profile graphics.

• Continue showing your thanks. Just because Teacher Appreciation Week ends doesn’t mean the thanks need to stop! We all know the rewarding boost from a quick compliment or a simple hello, so continue the movement throughout the year.

School isn’t just a place for learning, it’s a place for building community. At WCA, teachers are the foundation of our success. Our teachers take care of families, they get to know the learning style, skills, and personalities of our students. We take the time to build relationships with student’s parents. It’s a thrill to have the opportunity to work with families and really get to know them. I recently had a student who graduated four years ago call and say ‘you made a difference in my life’ – and that tells me that we’re doing something right. So please, take a moment to thank a teacher in your life. They deserve it.

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