This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I love the love that is shared every year and in a job that often goes without a lot of appreciation, the week is super special.
Sometimes I will get a picture, or hear a funny quote, or a student will do something extra thoughtful and I will joke that I finally got my bonus. For Teacher Appreciation Week, here are some amazing things kids have told me, or asked me, throughout the years. I write them down because when I need to feel appreciated these are what I turn to.
- Student, upon seeing me wear the flat cap I wear just about every day: ‘Miss Howe, that hat never gets old.’
- A question left in our “Wonder Jar”: ‘Why was the 70s so funky?’
- Last week, after math class had just ended:
Student 1: ‘Man, that was some good math.’
Student 2: ‘Yeah, definitely satisfying.’
(Talk about teacher appreciation, am I right??)
- When a student walked in one morning:
‘Miss Howe, did you know that narwhals are basically the jedis of the sea?’
- Student, talking about his mom:
‘I had a rough morning. I was getting ready and I tripped over one of my roommate’s shoes.’
- After seeing a picture of my dad:
‘You have his eyes when you smile, Miss Howe.‘
- After hearing me sing a new kindergarten-y song:
‘Miss Howe, you sing like Ariel‘ (the little mermaid).
I hope wherever you are, you are feeling extra appreciated this week! You have earned it!
See more stories from Teacher Appreciation Week – #WeThankTeachers
Meg Howe is an elementary school teacher at a charter school in Boston, MA. She has been a teacher for 14 years spanning grades K – 5. Meg has spent time teaching in public, private, and charter schools in Bellingham, WA, Rome, Italy, Los Angeles, CA, Buffalo, NY, and Boston, MA. Meg also runs her own blog at AliceEverAfter.com that features her thoughts on children’s literature. She has a passion for picture books and middle grade books and hopes one day Kate DiCamillo can be her new best friend.