We Often Forget To Say Thank You

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Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote for my Principals Post Blog:
This is an excerpt of an email I sent ot my faculty before Rosh Hashanah ( The Jewish New Year)
I just wanted to take a moment and say Thank You!

Thank you for your support
Thank you for your help
Thank you for your understanding and patience
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication

The list can go on but I think you get the idea.

This often is a thankless job and I at times I am just as guilty as the next person in not showing my appreciation and HaKarat Hatov (recognizing the good) in all that you do.

Then this week end I read something written by Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his book “From Optimism to Hope”He says the following: “That our greatest leader was Mosses and we call him Moshe Rabbenu – “Mosses our Teacher” because that for us is the highest honour.”

He concludes his article with the following quote: “Teachers open our eyes to the world. They give us curiosity and confidence. They teach us to ask questions. They connect us to our past and future. We have lots of heroes today- sports stars, super models and media personalities. They come they have their fifteen minutes of fame and then they go. But the influence of a good teacher stays with us. They are the people who really shape our lives.”

For many of us the first quarter of the school year is already over.

How many times have we said thank you?

How do we show our appreciation for our teachers?

And How many of us take what teachers do for granted?

12 Comments

  1. Paul Erickson said:

    Very timely post. A simple email can go a long way in filling teachers’ buckets and demonstrating appreciation. I’m curious as to what simple gestures people do to demonstrate their appreciation.

    October 20, 2011
    • Paul,
      Thank you for your comment. I agree often even a small gesture can go a long way

      October 27, 2011
  2. Haidi Appel said:

    I make sure to send every teacher a personal birthday card to their homes each year. I also send Thanksgiving, winter Holiday and other cards to their homes throughout the year. We have lost touch with the personal letter. Emails are great as are notes in the classroom but I find that the personal card sent home can’t be beat.

    October 22, 2011
    • Haidi

      Thank you for your comment. i love the idea of doing something on their birthdays.
      Thanks for sharing

      October 27, 2011
      • Haidi Appel said:

        Actually, I send birthday and holiday cards to all employees.

        October 27, 2011
  3. You are absolutely correct. As principals, it is important to always be a teacher first in all that you do. Being a teacher is very hard work, or everyone would be doing it. A simple thank you can go a long ways.

    October 23, 2011
    • Shawn,

      Thank you for your comment.

      It is so true of how two simple words can mean so much
      Thanks for sharing

      October 27, 2011
  4. Michele J. Freeman said:

    Thank you for reminding us how important it is to say thank you and to celebrate what our teachers do!!!!!
    I am guilty of being busy and forgetting to stop and appreciate. A gentle reminder like this one will keep me focused on how important it is to say thank you!

    I appreciate your comments!

    October 30, 2011
  5. Dan Winters said:

    Yes, Yes Yes. I recently returned to my habit of writing notes of encouragement to staff on a daily basis. This might be the single most important task I do to build a strong culture of learning at my school.

    November 9, 2011
  6. Linda Evans said:

    Obviously, all of you are truly GIFTED principals! Your teachers surely appreciate and thank YOU!

    November 9, 2011
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