Your child spends most of their day at school, making their teacher an important figure in their life.
I wrote this post on my Facebook page nearly two years ago, it resonated with so many I wanted to republish it on my blog.
Here is the post in full:
“It was parents evening for my girl tonight. I don’t usually take her with me but this time I had no other options, so she came along.
As we were leaving, my daughter couldn’t believe that her teacher was STILL at school; that she’d been there all day. It was dark, it was late, ”But has she even had her dinner mummy?”, “She must be so tired mummy”, “Has she been here about 100 hours mummy?”, “I think she should have a prize out of the prize box mummy….”
The concern and the gratitude continued all the way home from my tiny six year old.
Now, I know there are lots of jobs where people work long hours; but there’s nothing quite like being a teacher. 30 little people needing your attention and your support, your imagination and your creativity, your knowledge, your patience and your care.
Sometimes, in some moments, I find it hard to give all that to just one child. So, to give all that to 30 children day in and day out, I always find quite remarkable. My daughter does too.
It must be an absolutely rewarding job for sure, but not without its tough moments. It takes a very beautiful person to be able to give all that time, space and energy to so many children (our children) every day, and I for one am extremely grateful for the way my daughter is supported and cared for.
Teachers help shape the hearts and minds of our children. There really are no words to express gratitude for all they do. Many of them are role models and make a huge difference in the lives of children.
We have so many dedicated teachers in a system (the government) that doesn’t seem to care about them. They suffer so much accountability, unnecessary pressure and stress. The ideology of the present government does not see our children as the wonderful individuals they are, but rather as a statistic, a piece of data, a score or a percentage.
Our schools are facing budget cuts, bigger class sizes, a narrowing of the curriculum and teacher workload is at an all time high. Our teachers must be totally exhausted and frustrated by all of this.
But (against all those odds), they continue to push and strive to be the best they can be…to make our schools the best they can be; to support OUR children.
I have so much gratitude in my heart.”
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