This last week has been Teacher Appreciation Week. There’s not really much that happens. At our faculty meeting we had ice cream treats. Then we heard about the current status of our budget cuts. Thanks for doing a great job. By the way, we have to cut 10 of you. The budget is a long story and hopefully it doesn’t amount to that big of a cut at my school.
On Thursday we had parent teacher conferences. The Hmong Club invited us to the library where they had punch and cookies for us. We were all given a thank you card with our treats. We were also treated to some delicious sandwiches from a local deli in the auditorium foyer. I’m not clear who organized that one. But it was nice, all the same.
Honestly, I don’t expect anything during this week. Teaching is a profession where the appreciation pops up in unexpected places. You don’t count on it, therefore, when it does occur, it’s a really nice surprise. After my 4th hour Pre Calculus class, one of my students gave me a little gift. She said “Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!” and was then on her way. It was a very nice surprise. She’s a fantastic student. I don’t know a whole lot of personal information about her, so I was surprised to get a lovely card thanking me for teaching her so much.
This is definitely a profession of surprises and non-material rewards. Finding out the impact you’ve made on a student doesn’t just make your day, it makes your year.