So apparently, it was National Teacher Appreciation Week. I didn't know that until I read it on other teachers' blogs. My school totally missed the boat on that one. There was no celebration, no special lunch, no notes or cards acknowledging our hard work. And honestly, I'm not sure who exactly is supposed to appreciate us. Is it the administration? The parents? The students?
I'm not really upset about it... I guess. I mean, it would have been nice to get something. If it were up to me, here's what I'd want for Teacher Appreciation Week:
~ I'd want someone to sit with my kids for 10 minutes every morning for a week so I can take a bathroom/coffee break, instead of having to wait for lunch or my prep period.
~ I'd want a sincere thank you from the parents of my students. (Especially my most difficult students.)
~ I'd want all 24 of my kids to come to school, on time, prepared with pencils and erasers and homework for a whole week.
I don't think that's too much to ask.
But... yesterday morning, one of the moms gave me a gift bag and said, "This is for you, for Mother's Day. I know you don't have any kids, but you're like a mother to all the kids you teach." Inside the bag was a card and a desk set with a notepad, pen and holder. Small gift, big sentiment. It truly made my whole day.