By Morah C.
So this is the first week of the summer break. I just finished the school year. B”H, it was a good year for the most part. Very few parent-teacher issues over the year. It was a good year of learning and behavior for the most part.
So what’s bothering me?
Well, over the year, I have thrown myself into my teaching and been doing everything possible to make things better constantly for my students. Anything that might make my classroom more exciting and more interesting. I was constantly thinking of what I could do better for my students.
I also took a teachers education training course over the year and met with other teachers and constantly discussed ways of improving my teaching skills, classroom management, and anything else that pertains to the classroom.
I also spent a tremendous amount of my own money on weekly projects with my class. I also took them on various outings and tried doing anything and everything to make the children excited about coming to school.
I’ll be very straight up. I didn’t do any of it for praise, or for tips, or for myself. I did it since I truly care about having the children enjoy school and to make school exciting and to give them a good feeling about Yiddishkeit.
However, at the end of the year, I would like to think that parents would show appreciation towards their child’s teacher. Either by writing a note, and giving some sort of monetary tip, or even just writing an appreciation note of thanks. But I was really surprised and hurt that out of my class of 27 children. Only 7 children brought me a note of thank you. And out of those 7, 3 included a monetary tip.
I grew up not having money, and I understand the pressures of having children of various ages in various classes, a note of thanks would have been nice to receive. I value an appreciation note very much, and I keep them and read them from time to time, and it gives me Chizuk.
In this case, the few people that included a monetary tip were the ones that barely have for themselves and the rest who I know for a fact have what to give – they did not give anything. Not even an appreciation note.
As I said before, I don’t do it for the money or the “thank you” but it’s still quite hurtful to not receive any type of recognition from most of the parents of my class.
If you are a parent and didn’t say thank you to your child’s teacher. It isn’t too late.
Have a great summer!
Show your appreciation to teachers at a special awards ceremony and Chinuch Banquet honoring Mechanchim on Sunday, July 10 – 4 Tammuz in Crown Heights. Register at www.mymef.com/kinus