This week marks National Teacher Appreciation Week. As a parent, I am grateful my daughter has excellent teachers (and her teachers are definitely masters of their craft).
A few years ago, I worked at a swanky private school. During Teacher Appreciation Week, students trundled in with gift cards, the PTA served us a catered luncheon, a massage therapist was on hand, and we also each received a generous gift card for luxury local restaurants. However, if you work in a high-poverty school, you may not have received fancy material tokens of gratitude this week.
Regardless of your school, most teachers do not appreciate themselves enough. When I say that, I don’t mean in a narcissistic way. Many teachers don’t treat themselves extra special to invaluable self-care, even during Teacher Appreciation Week. If you don’t take care of yourself, how can you even take care of your neediest students, how can act peppy enough to help them “meet standard,” and manage an overcrowded classroom when you are barely hanging on yourself?
Therefore, to celebrate this week, I recommend three simple strategies.
#1 Way to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week
When I’ve been most frazzled and fried, writing a quick note in a journal about gratitude. Several times a week, I jot a gratitude list in my journal. It helps keep a positive mindset for the day. If it’s been a tough day in class, I might even write an extra one.
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#2 Way to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week
Catch some zzzzzs!
Are you getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep nightly? If you feel that that is impossible because you are driven to correct your students’ papers, consider making good sleep a priority **just for this week**. You will feel so much better than you will zip through the grading much faster (and with a better attitude).
#3 Way to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week
You work hard. Be extra kind to yourself!