The caterpillar is a curious little bug. It eats and eats and then wraps into a cocoon– slowly transforming into a butterfly.
This week is teacher appreciation week. Who should you thank for transforming your raw talent into professional genius? Slowly, you grew into your best self—flying like a butterfly. #ThankATeacher!
He or she saw a spark in your eye and fueled it. You smiled more, stayed awake, and loved learning. Where would you be without certain teachers at particular intersections in your life?
Sadly though, some of our best teachers aren’t staying in the profession. They’re born to teach, but they choose other careers.
NBC explored teacher shortages at the start of the 2015 school year.
Educators stay out of or leave teaching for many reasons. They lack support, are dissuaded by excessive paperwork, or low pay. The average educator spends thousands of dollars on college tuition, tests, certification expenses, and supplies. Conversely, the income earned by teachers limps along at $30,000 – $50,000 per year. A substitute teacher makes even less at $65 – $75 per day.
#ThankATeacher at Go Fund Me
This week, GoFundMe.com is donating $100 to #ThankATeacher campaigns. Teachers or their campaign managers must raise over $100 from five unique campaign donors to qualify. My Web Writers’ founder, Jean Bansemer, is a certified teacher. When she is not working with her writers, she’s in the classroom helping out her local schools. This summer she’ll need to earn six college credits to remain fully certified in Indiana in English, speech, language arts, and theater. The required college credits cost more than the income she’ll receive substitute teaching. Read more about her Certification Help #ThankATeacher campaign here.
Jean’s most memorable recent teaching experience was last fall when she filled-in during a 49-day maternity leave for an 8th grade English teacher. The students read The Diary of Anne Frank. One budding artist, who was quiet in class, wowed everyone with this hand-sketched drawing of her interpretation of the causes of genocide. She presented the poster in class with a short speech about speaking up.
Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas
How can you show appreciation to a teacher this week?
- Write a grateful note to those teachers you remember (and even those you’d like to forget.)
- Volunteer at your child’s school.
- Give back financially to pay for supplies.
- Visit a retired teacher in a nursing home.
- Participate in these five other ways to give back to teachers.
Your flight wouldn’t be the same without inspiration from those special teachers who shaped you along the way. Take a moment to demonstrate gratitude during teacher appreciation week.