With National Teacher Day coming up on Tuesday, May 7 in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-12), it’s a good time to bring up that teaching is without a doubt one of the most stressful and under-appreciated professions in the world.
The effort teachers put into engaging and educating our children is almost unthinkable. Even more unthinkable is the lack of basic compensation they get for such an important task. A USA Today study found that the average national salary for teachers has decreased by 4% since 2009, and 20-30% of all new teachers leave the job within 5 years!
Upsetting as it may be, relying on public institutions to appreciate teachers at the levels they need to be appreciated is practically foolish. That’s why it’s a bright idea to do something special for the teachers in your life this week. Here are three ideas to get you started:
- Send a note with your child – Know a teacher at your school who does a great job? Send your child to school with a handwritten thank you note to show your admiration.
- Chip in for a gift card – Get in touch with your fellow parents and chip in for a nice gift card to a place your favorite teacher will love – a spa, restaurant, or favorite retail store.
- Donate supplies – 9 out of 10 teachers are forced to pay for basic school supplies out of their own pockets. Show some love and alleviate some stress by donating some.
While you’re at it, be sure to check out the NEA’s website for media kits, social media sharing tips, official hashtags, and more celebration ideas. Remember, celebrating teachers is not about the fanfare or razzle-dazzle. It’s about doing what’s right, and showing them they are appreciated on the most human level!