Showing appreciation for teachers and mentors everywhere

teachers and mentors

Showing appreciation for teachers and mentors everywhere

It’s fair to say none of us would be where we are now without the guidance given to us by our teachers. But how often do we take the time to really appreciate that help? In this week’s Writer’s Corner, Courtney lets us know her feelings about her teachers and how we can all show our appreciation...

The impact that teachers have on their student’s lives can often go unnoticed and underappreciated. Their day in and day out can sometimes make students feel that it's something they’re owed and take it for granted. I’ve personally had my fair share of amazing teachers, who’ve really made me feel special and like they’re rooting for me. As a shy, timid, young girl in high school, that meant more than they know and helped me grow into the confident person I am today.

A lot of my time in school, I would hear people say, “why do we need to learn this? I’m never going to use this again!” And for the most part, I agreed. It’s only when you leave the comfort of the school gates and begin your life that you realise how much you actually learnt from the everyday interactions of school life, and how much you really have to thank the people who guided you through.

Rather than handing out a list of why teachers are important, I’m going to list how you can show your appreciation. Whether it’s past teachers, present mentors, or somebody close to you in your life who is a teacher, they need a boost and a reminder that they’re doing great.

The easiest and simplest one - tell them

It seems a bit silly to even write it down, but you’d be surprised how one comment can turn a bad day into a good one. If you can see your teacher is burnt out or stressed, let them know you appreciate them and that they’re doing a good job. It’s easy to let problems pile on top of you and feel like you’re failing, and teachers aren’t immune to that feeling either. Help out and brighten a bad day.

Write a note or a letter

If you’re stuck for words or feel a bit awkward going up to someone, leave a note on their desk or under their door. You have time to figure out what you want to say and finesse it in your own way. This adds a personal touch and an element of surprise when they find it.

Find out their birthday and make a big deal

Teachers celebrate occasions too and sometimes don’t have time to enjoy them in the same way because they’re marking homework, planning lessons, or just generally going through the same problems as everyone else. Buying a small present - or at least a card - decorating their classroom, or making a cake; any of these gestures are incredibly thoughtful and will make them feel special.

And if you can’t think of the right words or don’t have the time - you can simply share this article.

I would like to end this piece by personally thanking every teacher that got me where I am today; who stayed behind to go through my work, inspired me with their enthusiasm, pushed me to grow, and made me feel like I had a voice and a friend.

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