|Working on their Johnny Appleseed Crafts|
To the kids it was a fun-filled day where apples (and Johnny Appleseed) were the core of the day's lesson plan (pun intended). To the teacher, I'm sure it was a lot more. The amount of time and effort that goes into creating a theme for the day like that, is not minimal. Nor is the effort to gather the items (which I'm supposing she purchased with her own money), bring in the supplies, and then at the end of the night pack them all up and take them back home.
|Showing off their finished products|
Of course, it was all worth it because the kids were excited about what they were learning. And that is the intrinsic reward earned from teaching, I suspect at every level and grade.
|Happy to pose for a picture once we got home.|
This is his apple headband, and it was a great day!
At the end of the day, you could tell the kids were very happy, and the teacher was very (happy but) tired. That got me thinking, that as parents it's easy for us to do our part to help. Sometimes it's as easy as just showing up, but there are many other ways you can help, including gift cards for supplies, sending in items you know your teacher needs, or and/volunteering to help on the days you know are going to be busy. When many people gather together to help in a small way, great things are achieved.
A big hurrah to my son's teacher. She won't see this post, but I'll let her know she's appreciated throughout the school year. :) And hurrah to all the good teachers whose dedication and hard work really does make a big difference!