You might have seen the results of that recent National Education Association survey: Asked what gift they'd most wish to receive from their students, nearly half of teachers polled said a "Thank you" would do the trick. You know what we're going to say here: We should also be showing our teacher appreciation with budget and policy changes. But concrete expressions of gratitude are just one kind. Without intangibles such as respect and admiration, a bigger paycheck and a bit more creative freedom in the classroom will go only so far.
We need a Teacher Appreciation Society. The cliché that teaching should be as widely esteemed a career choice as, say, medicine and law is now entering its twilight years -- it's also truer than ever. Here at GLEF, we try to show teachers our boundless gratitude by publishing stories, guides, and resources we hope will make their days a smidge easier now and then. Well, fine. But today, we add this: Thank you. If we had a whiteboard in front of us, we'd write it a hundred times.
Here are selected articles, blog entries, and poll questions on Edutopia.org related to the issue of teacher appreciation: