Five Thoughtful Ways to Support Your Local Teachers
Donate, advocate, and volunteer to give back to those educating your children.
Even if Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated in May, that doesn't mean that we can't show our appreciation for all of the hard work that teachers put into educating our children all year long. Teachers work tirelessly to share knowledge with children and often put in hours long after the school bell rings. During the summer, they may prepare for the next school year or work summer teaching jobs. A teacher's influence on students has long-lasting effects. Just think of the teachers that you remember even if you've been out of school for a long time. Teachers make an impact.
This is one of the reasons why we should and can do more to support the teachers in our lives. Teaching requires so many skills, and teachers tend to take on many different roles. They are educators, counselors, advocates, friends, and secondary parents. They help facilitate the social and creative growth of our children as much as they teach math skills and history facts. Bringing an apple to class is a nice gesture, but ahead find ways to give back that offer more of an impact.
Give supplies to classrooms.
Teachers sometimes end up having to buy school supplies for their classrooms. Help both the educators and the students at your locale school by purchasing supplies for classrooms: Everything from reading books and calculators to writing tools for cursive practice will be appreciated. Not only does this take the financial burden away from the teacher, but it also ensures that everyone, including the teacher, has what they need for a good and productive school year. You can take the school supplies list that teachers provide at the beginning of the year to get an idea of what could be needed most in the classroom. Then make it a gift for the school year.
Chaperone on field trips.
Nothing is more stressful for a teacher than when none of the parents step up to chaperone a school field trip. Yes, this has happened before. Without enough chaperones, a field trip could get canceled. Volunteer to chaperone on field trips when you have the availability. And if you have some paid vacation time, you can spend it by supporting your teacher. You'll also get the added benefit of bonding with your child in an educational environment.
Help with class projects.
If you know of an upcoming class project, ask your teacher how you can help. Maybe the teacher needs assistance with preparing some of the project materials or would like some help with facilitating the learning project in some way. Being involved in this manner helps to ensure a smooth and enjoyable learning experience for your child and supports the teacher's efforts to educate.
Communicate with your teacher.
It's good to show up for parent-teacher conferences, but what about the rest of the school year? Find opportunities to communicate with your teacher on a regular basis. Ask questions about the classroom and how you can support at-home learning. If the teacher expresses concern about your child, listen to the concern and be open to corrective measures, if needed, or other ways to improve your child's behavior or their experience at school. By communicating, you can understand what is going on in school and how you can help both your child and the teacher.
Reinforce positive school experiences at home.
Encourage your children to do their homework and find ways to help them—without doing the assignments for them. Homework extends the learning experience to the home environment and teaches children discipline and creative thinking through problems on their own. But if your child needs assistance, you can answer questions and demonstrate how to solve problems. Then, let them try it. Ask your child how they feel about their day at school and how they should respond to things that happen. You'll learn when you actually need to step in, but it's also a great opportunity for your child to develop decision-making skills and emotional intelligence.