How Parents Can Support Teachers - My Educator For A Day ExperienceSunday, November 23, 2014
Have you thanked a teacher recently? I mean, really thanked an educator? I spent just a couple hours shadowing a 4th grade teacher and believe me, they deserve more than just an apple a day!
Last week was American Educators Week, and I was invited to tag along with the NEA Educator For A Day crew that stopped by Southwest Elementary, of course, in Southwest San Antonio.
the 4th grade classroom of Ms. Rodriguez, while she taught Reading Language Arts to her bilingual students. We talked a bit before as we walked with her to get her kids from gym, but as soon as the kids were settled in the classroom, she had her sip of Coke and her energy level jumped.
I admired the respect she had for the children. There was no talking down or teaching for the sole reason to pass a test. She was preparing these kids with proper writing skills, and I was very impressed with their conversation. Mostly in English, but a few times there were some explanations in Spanish, it was beautiful. Because every child has the right to be educated and have someone take the time to explain a concept to them, even if in another language.
The students brought up concepts such as Freytag's Pyramid and amalgams, and also gave examples of bifurcation, something I knew nothing about!
I spoke with Lily Eskelsin Garcia, who happens to have her own blog on the NEA website, Lily's Blackboard, and asked her about ways that families can support their children's educators. She used to be an elementary school teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Here are some examples:
Lily talked about her time as a teacher and how she pre-addressed 2 note cards for each child, so she could send a quick personalized note in the mail to tell them something that she noticed them doing great. I thought it would be a nice idea to do the same, but for my children's teacher, so she knows how much we really appreciate her dedication to our kids.
I know we see all of these great handmade gifts on Pinterest, but it really doesn't take much to genuinely show an educator that you appreciate their work, time and dedication to education. And it doesn't have to happen only during American Education Week.
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