Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Think back to the teacher (or teachers if you were fortunate) who made a truly significant impact on your life – that one teacher who not only understood their material but understood you. They made the subject come alive in a very real way for you. History and English were no longer mere collections of facts and fictions but meaningful stories shaping the present. Math and science were no longer sets of numbers, variables, and theorems but elegant expressions of physical reality.
Teachers, you know that our efforts to show our appreciation for your eye-opening, life-transforming work are often less than stellar, involving nothing more than a quick trip to Yankee Candle or Bath and Body Works.
But there are those few occasions when our feeble attempts to appreciate you actually re-inspire and reinvigorate your love of teaching, making the my-dog-ate-my-homework excuses, non-stop talking in class, and repetition of directions all worth it. You are reminded that all your lesson planning and paper grading actually make a genuine difference.
For this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to give you the opportunity to share such experiences.
How has a student or parent shared their appreciation for you in a particularly memorable way? Why was that token of appreciation so impactful or meaningful to you?
Your story matters, and we would love to hear it and, with your permission, share it with others (in a future blog post and through social media) so that other teachers can be encouraged, knowing that their efforts in educating our students truly changes lives. We’re not asking necessarily for a grand tear jerker that will be picked up by Upworthy of Buzzfeed. Perhaps that one particular scented candle or that bottle of lotion, for whatever reason, meant a great deal to you.
In fact, it’s the small acts of kindness that often have the greatest impact.
It’s your story. It doesn’t need to impress anybody as long as it made an impression on you.
(Submit your story via the form below.)
(a teacher and her students earn their Spanish certificate from the
Costa Rican Language Academy on our language immersion tour to Costa Rica)
JE Appreciates You
At Joshua Expeditions, we try our best to demonstrate our appreciation for teachers (that’s why teachers travel free on our tours). As a small token of thanks, we would like to give a $25 Visa gift card to ten teachers who share their story of appreciation and inspiration. Does that accurately reflect the work you do? No, not really. But it’s the least we could do.
So, to recap:
- We love teachers and want you to feel appreciated and know that your work matters.
- Share your story of being appreciated (by May 8).
- Enter to win one of ten $25 Visa gift cards (recipients will be notified via email).
- Check back to read the impactful stories of teachers.
~ Don’t forget: share this with your teacher friends! ~