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With the end of the year upon us, I wanted to share an observation I’ve made over the years. At the end of the school year, the classroom teachers seem to carry away bags of teacher appreciation gifts, scrapbooks, and thoughtful cards from their students, and rightfully so. However for me, I was lucky to come away with a homemade card. No one MEANS to forget the art teacher, but somewhere in the shuffle, we can easily be forgotten.
The last week of school my PTO put on a “Queen for the Day” program. Each teacher was given a break of 30 minutes, a glass of sparkling juice and a crown, while the students made them a surprise appreciation book. Guess where they came to make the book during the ‘break’ time? The art room! I ended up leading the entire art session. One of the sweet parents finally realized they had completely forgotten the specials teachers, and rushed out to gather up some spare juice and crowns and profusely apologized.
Do I really care about getting a break of 30 minutes and a crown? No, not at all. But feeling appreciated and remembered is quite important.
Recently, we asked our Facebook fans what appreciation they’ve received this school year. Take a look at the responses yourself, it’s quite interesting!
Even though we all want to feel appreciated, in the end perhaps the best gift in the world is just a hug, a drawing or even a broken crayon, don’t you agree?
How were you appreciated this school year?
…or were you forgotten?