This week is TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK, and today is TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY. When I was in the classroom, I enjoyed that week. Our student council did something special for the faculty every year - luncheons, thank you notes, and other surprises. It was wonderful to feel the love, appreciation, and support of the student body.
I enjoyed having my students write notes to teachers in our building and in the district - and then I would place them in mailboxes, or send then off in inter-school mail. I know for a fact that student notes mean so much! I saved all the student notes I received in my 37 years in the classroom, and I always kept a few in my desk drawer to read on a difficult day. When my friends retired from teaching, they threw lesson plans and curricula in the trash, but the sincere student thank you notes were placed in a box and taken home.
The teachers I know have worked so hard this year to try to make the home learning experience a good one. Happy TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY to all!
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I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books. Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self. However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book. I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
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