Let's face it, just about all of us appreciate a quickie. A quick thank you, that is!
As teachers, we're often lucky enough to receive gifts at the end of a school year. Many of these gifts are very thoughtful (some less so...) but you might agree that what goes even further than a box of chocolates or a book voucher, is a note of genuine thanks from a student or parent.
I believe that most people are doing the best they can, with the resources they have in any given moment. As educators, we do our best to prepare and deliver the content in the best way we know how and with the resources we have at hand. We also do our best with what our students bring to the table...er...desk.
We use emotional energy as we're concerned about students after school hours. And expend effort trying to make life better for students now, and in the future.
And so when a student or parent recognises this effort and goes out of their way to thank us for it, we know that our efforts have been appreciated. It has been worth it.
As we come to the end of another school year here in Australia, it is easy to get caught in rehearsing the Christmas concert, writing the school plan and preparing graduation or presentation events. We're tired, busy and can smell the rich scent of a well-deserved summer break. It is easy to overlook the efforts that our colleagues and students have made throughout the year.
And so, I'd like to invite you to an Appreciation Quickie activity. It's perfect for a staff development day or end of term meeting, but it's also something you can complete by yourself at any time.
You can download a copy of the Appreciation Quickie activity sheet here.
To share your appreciation further, you may also like to genuinely thank each student for something positive they've brought to the classroom this year. I like to write a note for each student if I can (I assure you, it's always a mad rush but I do my best to fit it in!), e.g.
Thank you so much for being
a reliable member of our class.
I really appreciate your effort.
All the best,
I understand that's tricky if you've had a bunch of classes and year groups, but even a spoken word of appreciation to the whole class can have an effect. I've had students show me that note years after I gave it to them.
And with that, I'd like to end this with an appreciation quickie to you, dear reader! Thank you so very much for reading this post, signing up to the newsletter, liking the Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages and generally supporting Samadhi in Schools. I really do appreciate it.
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Do you have another way to show appreciation at your school? How do you show appreciation for your colleagues and students? What's a way a student has shown appreciation for your effort? Have you ever been given a weird gift?
Share your ideas in the comments section below.