Saturday, May 12, 2012
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW). I am very fortunate - at my school, we have a wonderful PTA and very supportive parents. All week they had fun games for us, treats - and it was a fantastic week. But one of my very favorite parts of the week is getting notes from my kiddos. Sometimes it's (unfortunately) easy to get bogged down in the not-so-fun parts of education - like "will I have a job next year?" "will this kid EVER behave?" The notes from my kids reaffirm why I do what I do.
I've been a crying mess all week. I want to share two of my very favorite notes with you.
"I enjoy music class, you are the best teacher I could ever dream of."
"You are my best music teacher I saw in my whole entire life. I like music so much because you plan fun things like Bluebird Bluebird. Also I like the scarves you wear sometimes."
There are a few lessons I think we can all take from this.
No compliment is too small - everyone likes to be appreciated. It doesn't hurt anything to give a compliment.
Pay attention to the little stuff. I don't think twice about wearing scarves - it's just something I do. But this kindergarten girl notices my scarves. Lucky for me, she noticed a positive thing. But it could have been something else. What do people notice about you? Is it that you wear nice earrings? That you always smile at the cashier? Or do they notice something else - that you always roll your eyes at the bank? I will be paying much more attention to how I act.
I hope this Mother's Day weekend finds you all well. Give mum a hug and thank her for everything.