Contribution by Jolie Samuel
In an ever-changing world obsessed with the “next big thing,” it is difficult to stop and appreciate those around us who have essentially planted seeds in our hearts that foster passion and vision for our future.
A teacher’s job is to stimulate a student’s ordinary effort into something astonishing. When this type of feat is accomplished, it is important to take a moment and show your gratitude.
There is nothing sweeter or more rewarding than a sincere “Thank you.” Recently, I heard that a student wrote her teacher a letter expressing her genuine gratitude for multiple hours of extra assistance she had received after school. The student’s kind gesture contributed to the teacher’s overall attitude and performance in class. In addition, it gave her teacher strong incentive to continue providing after-school help.
It is beneficial not only for students to let teachers know when they have performed exceptionally, but also for teachers to send notes to students when they have performed extraordinarily well in class.
For today’s DIY project, I created an appreciation card for a teacher. It can easily be redirected toward a student as well. I used craft cardstock, some scrapbook paper and a few small letter embellishments to create this fun card. I added a personalized thank you on the inside and customized a quick note thanking a teacher for his or her superior instruction in class.
Tell us about your favorite teacher. What has he/she done to help you really raise your academic game?