By Jessica Vician
On Monday, October 15, we celebrate World Teachers’ Day. With UNESCO’s 2015 theme, “empowering teachers, building sustainable societies,” we will honor the great impact teachers have on our society.
Your child’s teacher is more than just a teacher for a class or for a year, but a teacher who can help change the world for the better through their teachings. According to UNESCO’s website, “teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals; they are the key to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values, and ethics.”
Celebrate them on World Teachers’ Day with one (or more) of these five ways to say “thank you.”
- Send your child’s teacher an official World Teachers’ Day e-card. UNESCO will post it on their website and send as an e-postcard on October 5.
- Write a thank you note from both you and your child. On the top half of the card, tell your child’s teacher how much you appreciate his or her efforts, expertise, and patience. Express the value of what the teacher does for your child and how his or her work impacts the world. Read this article if you need suggestions on what to say.
On the bottom half of the card, ask your child to write his or her favorite thing about the teacher or the classroom and say “thank you.”
- If your child is in middle or high school and has multiple teachers, ask him or her to write a short thank you note to each teacher and deliver it before or after each class on Monday. A brief recognition and expression of gratitude demonstrates to each teacher that they are important and valued.
- Email the students’ parents in your child’s class and ask each person to donate a few dollars to get the teacher flowers or a plant. Through crowdfunding, no one will need to spend much money.
If the florist is too expensive, visit your local nursery or home improvement store and purchase a plant, pot it yourself, and drop it off at the school. It takes a little extra time and effort, but will save you and the other parents money on delivery services.
- Send an email to the principal, copying the teacher. Tell the principal how helpful the teacher has been over the past month or so and share the qualities both you and your child appreciate the most. This public acknowledgement honors the teacher while letting his or her supervisor know you appreciate the work.
These are five simple ways to express your and your child’s gratitude for his or her teacher. Celebrate World Teachers’ Day by taking a little extra time this weekend to prepare one of these recognition gifts and send it to school with your child on Monday.