Each and everyone of us can recall a teacher in our life that sparked our imagination, helped us to find our creativity and innovative spirit. We all have a teacher in our past or present that guided us toward opening a new door. There's an educator that's shown determination and drive in your learning. When you struggled and contemplated giving up a teacher discussed, demonstrated and collaborated with you to find success.
There's no greater gift than the gift of knowing you made an impact in someone's life.
Most memorable to me in 21 years of teaching is a note of appreciation. A students note, a quick email or tweet from a student or parent telling me thanks. I recall the pleasure these quick comments brought me. Knowing their relationship with me helped them is among the highest of honors. One student even painted me an apple on a note. The picture still adorns my desktop to this day.
Show a teacher that the time they spent with you made a difference in your life during teacher appreciation week by reaching out. Contact them. Send an email, tweet'em, mail a note or leave a voicemail. This gesture will mean the world to a teacher. There's no greater gift than the gift of knowing you made an impact in someone's life. This is why every educator entered the profession -- to make a difference -- so tell that teacher they did. You have the power to make teacher appreciation a memorable one for an educator.