We all work in a very pressured world. There are so many stake holders in education, that showing appreciation is rarely at the top of the list for any teacher. Well, it should be, and is at the heart of building positive relationships. Here are my top five hints for showing appreciation to those involved in the work that we do.
1 – Staff. It can ever ever hurt to vocalise thanks if someone has helped you out. Even better, why not make a fuss of someone and send an appreciative email. I swear by ensuring all staff feel appreciated. Sometimes this can come in the form of biscuits or even cheese!
2 – Parents. Don’t just send out letters demanding support, show thanks and show parents how their support has been used. So, take photos of the project work that was made possible because parents contributed. They will love to see their childrens’ work, and it help to ensure future participation.
3 – Children. If they do something special or amazing tell them. Have a star homework place in your classroom or a method to celebrate their effort. Appreciate the effort they have put in for you.
4 – Governors. Join in. Turn up. Participate. Be the staff member of your governors. It gives an added dimension to your job, and we are all here to learn, right?
5 – The wider teacher community. There is no more authentic appreciation for receiving the amazing ideas shared online, for example on twitter, than to contribute your own. Step up and tweet your own practice. Contribute to the learning and show your appreciation.
There you go, 5 tips for showing appreciation, do you have any more, I would be happy to hear from you.