Today is Teacher Appreciation Day! My administration and PTO have little gifts throughout the week to show they’re appreciation. Yesterday, my principal greeted us with personalized capes and masks, telling us what “super teachers” we are. The office staff even made a city background where we posed in our super teacher gear for a photo. Today was our “spa” day. During our planning time, we got hand and neck massages (very relaxing!). Tomorrow, our PTO will be hosting a luncheon for the teachers (they always make it quite special!).
What I love the most about this week though, is how the students express their appreciation. It’s the simplest of gestures that are the most touching. Last year, all my 5th graders came back from their lunch with an apple they had saved for me and sang “you’re the apple of our eyes Ms. A.” Another student wrote me note that read “You’re the perfect grape among the bunch!” My 3rd graders, after their recess, brought me several hibiscus flowers picked from the bushes that surround the school’s playground (so sweet). In the end, it’s really not about the gifts, but these genuine displays of gratitude that reaffirm why I became a teacher and my on-going love of teaching.