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.
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.