Encourage a Teacher Today: send a “good news” email
me this change has been met with a mix of emotions. On the one hand – hey look I exercised and
went to the grocery store! On the other
hand – waaaaah, someone else is taking care of my babies for 7 hours a day!
As a parent, I am hugely grateful for the committed individuals who
nurture my children each day. As a
former teacher, I am very aware that teaching is an exhausting and time
consuming career. So, I always try to
bless my children’s teachers with a little bit of extra encouragement at the
beginning of the year.
When I was a teacher and I checked my email and saw an email from a
parent, my heart did not exactly leap for joy.
Kind of the opposite, in fact. It
was hard to not feel like every email meant that someone was unhappy with me,
or had some kind of request that was going to mean more work for me. So, I determined when my oldest son went to
preschool, that I was going to start out each year by sending a few “good news”
I make sure that my “good news” emails contain praise that
is specific. It’s nice to be told great job, but it’s more meaningful to be told exactly what you did
that was great. Whether it’s something a
teacher said at back to school night, a paper she sent home that you
appreciated, or something your child came how excited about – these are the
kinds of things you can talk about in a “good news” email.
the year can be really tiring. I know
that I truly appreciated getting positive feedback from parents. I also know that later in the year when I
have some kind of an issue or problem that needs to be addressed, the teacher
is going to know she’s dealing with a parent who supports and respects
her. When she sees my name in her email
inbox, she’s not going to flinch before she even opens the message, and that
will be in everybody’s best interest.
“good news” emails:
your kind words and positive feedback.
It means a great deal to me.
made my afternoon. Thanks for sharing.
MADE MY DAY! Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me.
kind words. You are so sweet to take the
time to reach out to me.
teacher this year, check out Tiff’s post from last fall. This year, I challenge you to be the parent
who doesn’t just think something kind about your child’s teacher, but who
actually takes the time to tell him or her! (And pumpkin muffins in October don’t hurt either)
Linked up with Mom’s Library