Teacher Appreciation Week begins on Monday, May 3rd and it’s a perfect time to thank our educators for the incredible job they have done overcoming the challenges of the past year.
From all of us here at Tutor Doctor, we’d like to say thank you to all the teachers and staff that have worked so hard to keep learning possible throughout the pandemic. And we truly want to be sincere – we understand how difficult this last year has been for educators. Many, many teachers have expressed to us that a classroom environment is where they thrive, and the inherent human interaction that goes along with the learning process is an integral part of what makes their career so fulfilling. So naturally, the spur-of-the-moment switch to remote virtual learning has been a difficult transition for teachers as well as families. From technology learning curves to Zoom meetings, the last year has been incredibly challenging for teachers and staff. So once again – we thank you, and we encourage all our readers to do the same.
If you want to give your teacher a gift this year, you might have to get a bit creative! Here are a few good ideas:
1. Write them a letter. A sincere message to your teacher or educator will mean more than any physical gift you can buy. Teachers go into education because it’s a rewarding career, and there’s nothing they appreciate more than hearing praise from current and former students. The best thing about this gift is that it’s something completely free for students to create, and with modern technology a short email is more than enough. It’s the thought that counts, and teachers always enjoy hearing how they’ve positively affected their students’ lives.
2. Send an e-Card. If you’d like to do something a little less personal, an e-Card is still a great choice. You can include a short message with the greeting, and your teacher will appreciate the gesture. Physical cards may also be a good choice, but this is going to depend on whether your child has returned to the classroom yet.
3. Give a gift card. If you want to give your teacher a small present, we think gift cards are the way to go. Popular gift cards include coffee shops and retail supply stores, as teachers often have to purchase classroom supplies out of their own pocket. Keep your gift cards to a reasonable amount, and feel free to opt for a digital gift card to be safe.
Tutor Doctor Tip
As much as traditional gifts (coffee mugs, packaged snacks, etc.) are appreciated by teachers, we would recommend holding off on physical items this year due to the extra health and safety measures currently implemented by schools.