I LOVE MONDAYS TIP OF THE WEEK...
Valentine's Day is coming, which means many of us are walking around CVS looking for appropriate cards for our kids to give out in class that don't have Selena Gomez or the Biebs on the front. (Oh, how I miss Snoopy and Woodstock days...)
Why not send a note of appreciation on February 14th to your child’s teacher, coach, or mentor, expressing gratitude for the guidance, attention, and support they give your child? How many times do you think a teacher gets a letter of gratitude in any given year from a parent? It’s not often, according to my friend Jill, a teacher in Colorado: “I very rarely get notes from parents—it’s usually from ex-students. Whenever I do get any notes of appreciation, I read them over to remind myself of why I do my job and why I love it still!”
TRY THIS: Says Caroline Berz, mom of two who taught for 10 years and leads teaching workshops: “Sending emails to a teacher is a great way to show support and enthusiasm for what your kid is learning in a particular class. Articulate a specific appreciation for a lesson taught, a reading assigned, or a discussion pursued in the class. This means two things that good teachers are interested in: the kid is talking about what he/she is learning at home and that the parents care about what their kids are learning. It's not just about a grade, it's about the journey of discovery, questioning and learning.”
Ten days left to make it happen, reader. I promise it will feel great...
I am a journalist, filmmaker, author, wife, and mom to an 8-year-old daughter. My most recent project is I Love Mondays: And other confessions from devoted working moms. Other projects explore raising only children, happily ever after, raising strong girls, and hot topics for Jewish women.
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