So this week starts Teacher Appreciation Week. I actually don't like the "day" or "week" appreciations; every day is a good day to say thanks if someone has helped you. That said, I'm sure it helps a teacher to know they are making a difference. I think it really helps to personalize it as in saying, "Your ability to see X in my child really lets me know you understand him/her." or "Your kindness on a day that was hard for my child really helped." Sometimes teachers don't know how much their compassion has helped a child over a bad spot so it helps to let them know.
Here are some inspirational quotes about teaching:
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
“A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.”
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
William A. Ward
“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.”
"Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number. "
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. ~Mark Van Doren
and my favorite one that was said by the principal at my son's elementary school:
If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home. ~Anonymous Teacher
Thank you Teachers!