As a teacher, I felt that writing this piece might be a sort of testimony to how wonderful I think I am, and that had greatly deterred me. I want to praise teachers because as I work along side some of the greatest I wish more people would appreciate their hard work and dedication. This is about those teachers because I would be lucky to even come close. I’ll be using the pronoun ‘she’ for this piece but it is not lost on me that many of the best teachers are men. Also, despite the title, I am not a hugger, so please, hug another teacher today.
She Cried When Your Child was Finally Able to Tie Her Shoes Because She Hated Watching Her Struggle Each Day
Teachers are invested in more than the curriculum. They are watching your children grow and learn every day and they feel joy and sorrow with the many ups and downs along the way. If you are lucky enough to work with children, you’ll know what I mean.
She Spent Her Rent Money on Supplies for Her Classroom Because She Wants Them to Walk into a Learning Wonderland
She did, you know. Maybe she’s been eyeing a new couch because hers has seen better days but she needed to buy bins, books, art supplies and any number of things to last the entire year so she still sits on the old couch to lesson plan each evening and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
When Your Child Coughed/Sneezed/Peed on Her, She Comforted Him Because You Couldn’t Be There and She Was Happy To Step In.
These aren’t just any kids, these are her kids. Her students are special and even though she’s sure to get every bug going in the run of year she will always clean them up and give them an extra hug when they really need it.
She Spends Her Weekends/Evenings Planning The School Week Because She Spends Her Preparation Period Wiping Away The Tears of Sad, Scared, or Nervous Children in the Schoolyard.
Any teacher will tell you, that those spare minutes during the day, where they are meant to plan lessons, are mostly taken up helping students navigate the schoolyard. The learning that goes on outside of the classroom can be just as important.
She Calls Her Students “My Kids” Because She Adores Them and She Rises and Falls With Them as They Struggle and Persevere
Sounds cheesy, I know. There is really no other way to say it. A teacher bonds with her students. They are the reason she spends all of her money on her classroom. They are the reason she annoys people at dinner parties talking about how funny/cute/amazing her class is this year. They are the reason she loves her job even though the demands far outweigh the compensation.
So, go ahead. Hug a teacher. Or better yet, get her a gift card for the office supply store, instead. It would be greatly appreciated.