Happy Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day on Sunday! I treated myself to this athleisure look because I’m a Mom, and now a teacher again to my two girls, haha! So treat yourself if you are taking on the teacher roll in your household, it’s not easy. 😉
Being a former second grade teacher, I know the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that goes into it. The annoying saying that “teacher’s have the best job because they get summers off”, is so far from the truth. Best job, yes, but summers off, no. My typical day as a teacher was M-F 7:00 am to 4:30 pm at school. That’s not including the amount of hours outside of school we spend on emails to and from parents, and the constant worry that our students didn’t comprehended anything from our lessons that day.
During the summer, teachers are required to spend a certain amount of hours a month in professional development. They work many days with their grade level team, recreating lesson plans and preparing for their new group of students. Yes, I would say I had a 4 week summer vacation, but in my opinion, I deserved it! Your kid’s teacher deserves it!
My heart goes out to every teacher in the world. With COVID and schools closing, our teachers had to completely reset and learn how to teach virtually in a matter of weeks, if not days. They also are writing lesson plans for not only their students, but for the parents too! Then, they have to give a grade on top of all that! If I was still teaching, I would be feeling an immense amount of pressure right now. Quite frankly, I’d be an anxious wreck. I’m sweating just thinking about it.
Though this homeschooling thing has been difficult for many parents, it’s been just as hard, if not harder for our teachers. Now more than ever, we need to recognize and appreciate our teachers for all their hard work, and for adapting so quickly. Thank you teachers for loving our children and helping us navigate this “new norm!” We would be lost without you!
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I’ve curated my top fifteen gifts under $39 for our teachers! Every gift below is under $30, except for one at $39! So parents, let’s pump the breaks on the unnecessary emails to our teachers this week and just shower them with lots of love and appreciation!
*To note, if you are helping a child with this virtual learning world, give yourself a pat on the back, you’re doing a great job!