Teachers rise to everything that comes their way all in the name of ‘Quality Education’.
The upshot of this, is that we have a system full of frazzled, overwhelmed and exhausted teachers who are relying on coffee, needing sugary snacks to get them through the day and looking forward to reaching for a drink to soothe their jangled nerves at the end of the working week.
At what point do we stop and reflect on the quality that each teacher brings?
She goes on to say that, ‘Daily doses of gratitude, appreciation and respect, while not a raise in money or stature, would be a nice addition.’
What if teacher appreciation is something that can be nurtured by each teacher within themselves every day of the year?
It is something that is felt when a child looks you in the eyes, runs up to say hello, gives you a drawing they have done just for you and those countless other moments that we all have as teachers, that remind us why we are there.
These are things that each of us can appreciate within ourselves, every day. Appreciating ourselves also fosters appreciation for those we work with.
Appreciation allows us to recognise that every person brings their own unique qualities and has an important part to play within their school. Appreciation fosters a sense of collaboration and connects teachers to their true purpose.
when we stop to acknowledge the amazing job we are doing.