This comes from Chick Moorman. Thought you all could use a boost!
Thank you for all the papers you corrected this year, taking the time to write meaningful appreciative and descriptive praise.
Thank you for spending some of your own money to buy that glue stick, ream of paper, calculator, or special colored set of markers for your students’ classroom.
Thank you for investing extra time to help the student who was three years behind in reading, the one who didn’t know his multiplication tables, or the one who didn’t have the courage to risk putting her thoughts down on paper.
Thank you for collecting tickets at the basketball game, for running the concession stand at the football game, and for operating a booth at the Family Fun Fair.
Thank you for attending all the PTO meetings even though most parents were too busy to be there
Thank you for putting up with the angry parent and for remaining calm in the face of disrespect, anger, and venting.
Thank you for the kind words you gave to the rookie teacher who was struggling to make it through his first year with his self-esteem intact and for being that shoulder he could lean on in time of need.
Thank you for putting serious thought into preparation for parent/ teacher conferences and for offering useful ideas for those parents who didn’t know how to help their own child.
Thank you for being there at the door to greet your student as he or she entered your classroom day after day.
Thank you for the calls and emails you made to parents to keep them informed of behavioral problems and missing assignments and to pass on positive things their children did.
Thank you for volunteering to give up your planning time for the students who needed to debrief the disagreement they had in the hall earlier that day.
Thank you for attending professional conferences in areas where you felt a need to gain additional skills and competencies.
Thank you for the weekends you invested in planning, designing, grading, and evaluating assignments.
Thank you for purchasing professional books out of your own pocket, reading them, and implementing new ideas in your classroom.
Thank you for challenging students with high teacher expectations.
Thank you for holding students accountable for the choices they made and for doing it with an open heart, even in the face of pressure to cave in so they wouldn’t have to experience the consequences.
Thank you for confronting in a positive way the student who needed to get conscious about the behaviors he was choosing.
Thank you for taking the time to meet with the special education teacher, the counselor, the administrator, and the parents of the student who needed a special treatment plan.
Thank you for sponsoring the foreign language, science, debate, chess, varsity, Student Council, or National Honor Society club.
Thank you for going home, worrying about a troubled student and coming up with a plan to help her.
Thank you for being willing to organize your bathroom breaks so you could be present with students for three hours without interruption.
Thank you for taking an active role in professional organizations that strive to improve education.
Thank you for speaking out against current practices and legislation that you feel are not in the best interest of your students, even in the midst of condemnation from others within the school system.
Thank you for arranging the student-to-student interaction patterns in his classroom so that students build positive relationships with one another.
Thank you for being a positive role model that all your students can look up to with pride and respect.
Thank you for being willing to eat lunch in fifteen minutes or less.
Thank you for investing the time to teach students appropriate behaviors such as getting started quickly, disagreeing politely, reporting in a positive manner, and taking responsibility for their actions, in addition to teaching about your subject matter.
Thank you for confronting the bully who was teasing your student this year.
Thank you for welcoming your student back from the Responsibility Room, showing interest in his plan and confidence that he can implement it effectively.
Thank you for teaching to the whole child instead of simply the narrow range of objectives that some schools define as learning.
Thank you for talking positively about one another and your students in public.
Most of you are busting your butts on behalf of your students. We recognize that, honor it and appreciate all your efforts. Thank you.