Appreciating Your Teachers

15 05 2012

Teacher Appreciation Day has been celebrated around the country over the past few weeks, my school included.  I began thinking about the things I appreciate most as a teacher.

  1. Chocolate, in almost any form.
  2. Gift cards to almost anywhere.
  3. Cupcakes in almost any flavor.
  4. Free food from almost anywhere.

On a more serious note, the things that make me value and enjoy my job are a little less tangible.  (Please note, most of these are directed to high school students and parents as that is the level I teach.)  As a teacher, I appreciate it when:

  1. Parents pray for their children’s teachers and administrators.  This is one of the most encouraging things a parent can do for me.
  2. Students are respectful.  Yes ma’am and yes sir still go a long way.  Taking pride in your appearance demonstrates you respect the rules, even if you don’t agree with the dress code.  Being on time to class says something about your character.  Trust me, all of these “little” things matter and have an impact on your reputation.
  3. Parents let their children fight their own battles.  If your child has an issue with a teacher, please encourage your child to talk to the teacher first.  If that doesn’t resolve the matter, then jump in.  The sooner your children learn to deal with concerns on their own, the better prepared they will be when they leave home.
  4. Parents let their children make mistakes and teach them to accept responsibility.  Some of life’s greatest lessons come through failure and bad decisions.  Don’t deny your children the opportunity to make poor decisions and mistakes.  You must also teach your children to take ownership of those decisions.  (I’m not talking about health-related or life-and-death situations.)  Better they learn those hard lessons in high school than in college or the workforce where the consequences are often much more severe.
  5. Parents follow through with discipline.   If your child’s whining, complaining, or whatever wins out, and you give in without disciplining as you said you would, you are teaching your child that 1) your word doesn’t mean much and 2) endurance—even when it’s a negative action—wins out.  Please do not train your children that all they need to do to get out of being disciplined is whine louder or longer.
  6. Parents teach their children how to handle disappointment in a godly manner.  No good will ever come from yelling at the ref or berating a teacher who “gave” your child a bad grade.  All you are doing is showing yourself to be a poor role model.

I was a teacher long before I was a parent, but being a parent has made me realize that I am my children’s most important teacher.  Ever.  I have a larger influence on them, especially in their early years, than anyone else. 

My habits—positive or negative—will become my children’s habits.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
-Proverbs 22:6

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15 05 2012
common – understanding- disorder « advocatemmmohan aksharaalu

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26 08 2012
findyoursnap

I love that you always look to God, in everything you do. It’s very inspiring.

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