Consider all the things teachers do on a daily basis: plan curriculum, utilize varying teaching styles to reach all the children in the classroom, explain information (often repeatedly until all the students understand), assign and grade homework, deal with misbehavior, prepare and grade tests, meet with parents, problem solve to help kids reach their potential, reach out to families from all backgrounds and cultures, counsel kids when they are hurting, be a mentor and role model, prepare report cards, and continue their own education through classes and in-service trainings. Teachers are called to be patient, approachable, innovative, energetic and caring. They are the unsung heroes in our children’s lives. Teachers play an enormous difference in our children’s development and deserve to be recognized for their efforts.
Since 1984, National PTA has designated the first full week in May as PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. You can plan to recognize the efforts of the teachers at your school during National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week on May 6-10. National PTA developed a toolkit of recognition resources including customizable certificates of appreciation, a social media avatar and badge, graphic for an e-card, a sample news release outlining ways to celebrate educators that can be customized for local unit outreach, web banner and print advertisement and more! They are available for public download at National PTA Thank A Teacher. In addition, the National PTA has launched a Pinterest account with five teacher-related pin boards! Have fun as you recognize and encourage these vital individuals in your school communities.