In spite of the difficult circumstances brought on by COVID-19, educators continue to wake up every day and teach their students, albeit from their homes instead of in classrooms, and remotely instead of face-to-face.
“Words are always good to hear. Gifts are sweet, but I keep every note I get. Every handmade card. Every ripped out sheet of paper with the words, ‘Thank you, Mrs. Peterson,’ or ‘You helped me today,’ or ‘This lesson really taught me something,’ or anything to make me feel like I'm making a difference in their lives. The students' notes sparked a social media movement on Twitter. In a bid to build trust between her and her students, Schwartz thought up a lesson plan called 'I Wish My Teacher Knew.' Create a thank-you.When your young kids receive gifts, they should be expected to create and send a thank-you picture or short note within one day (or at the rate of one or two thank-you’s. The intention to be happy is the first of The 9 Choices of Happy People listed by authors Rick Foster and Greg Hicks in their book of the same name. 'Intention is the active desire and commitment. Catalog; Home feed; The Buffalo News. Around & About / News and notes Lindor happy with Mets 2021-01-12 - Sports MLB Baseball Grapefruit League Baseball Francisco Lindor New York City Cleveland Florida Cleveland Indians Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs Toronto Blue Jays Toronto San Francisco Giants San Francisco Washington Nationals Washington.
For many teachers, a tough, sometimes thankless job has become even more complicated. But they forge ahead, thinking first—and always—of their students.
For Teacher Appreciation Week this year, we asked about 15 classroom teachers to share with us what it means to teach during a time of severely disrupted learning.
Below, we have curated some of their responses to this question, in particular: What is the most meaningful way a student, parent or school administrator could show their appreciation for you—even from afar?
It may surprise you how little their answers vary—and may prompt you to write a heartfelt note, pass on a compliment or give a word of thanks to the next teacher you meet.
Claire Peterson, teacher at Pat Neff Middle School in San Antonio, Texas:
“Words are always good to hear. Gifts are sweet, but I keep every note I get. Every handmade card. Every ripped out sheet of paper with the words, ‘Thank you, Mrs. Peterson,’ or ‘You helped me today,’ or ‘This lesson really taught me something,’ or anything to make me feel like I'm making a difference in their lives. Anything to feel like I'm making a positive impact on students. Words of encouragement carry us through everything!”
Stephen Guerriero, sixth grade teachers at Needham Public Schools in Needham, Mass.:
“Really, it may sound trite, but a simple, heartfelt note letting a teacher know how their work and efforts are making a positive impact on their child would be so meaningful to any teacher, especially in this challenging time of isolation.”
Susanna Stratford, third grade teacher at Maple Hills Elementary in Renton, Wash.:
“I love snail mail! My students have my address because I've sent them each a piece of mail with my return address on it. (Hint hint!)”
Jill Armstrong, social studies teacher at Greenup County High School in Greenup, Ky.:
“Just a ‘thank you’ works wonders for a teacher’s mind. We appreciate the material gifts, of course, but in reality just saying thank you makes a teacher’s heart happy.”
Gabriel Vogel, 11th grade teacher at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Va.:
“William Ward once said, ‘Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.’ So it is an awesome feeling to get told that you are appreciated for doing things for others and serving our students and community. If you wrap the gift, then give the gift!!”
What kind of gift does she recommend? “It’s simple: a kind message or email is definitely enough! Almost everyone appreciates being thanked and appreciated. Mark Twain once said, ‘I can live for two months on a good compliment.’ So can teachers!”
Erin Haley, 6-8 grade teacher at The Bayshore School in Daly City, Calif.:
“To have the immensely large amount of work and outreach I am doing to be acknowledged. To feel seen, heard and valued by my district … simply by saying thank you, and maybe including a concrete example of something that we've done that they appreciate so we know we are being seen and our work is being appreciated.”
Alexandria Adams, 10th grade teacher at Woodside High School in Newport News, Va.:
“I think that the best form of appreciation during this time is trusting us. We are all struggling. Our students are struggling; oftentimes we are struggling, too. By letting go of the reins and trusting us to do right by our kids, it feels like we are actually being appreciated.
“Just reach out and let us know that you see us. Often, the work sometimes seems thankless, especially at the high school level. Elementary teachers get all the love from students because they're with those kids all day. We have more students, and they have more of us. We get lost in the shuffle. Just reach out and send a message letting us know you're thinking about us. We're thinking about you, too.”
Barbara A. Noppinger, eighth grade math teacher at Dumbarton Middle School in Towson, Md.:
“Acknowledgement is what matters most to me. To have a student say, “I miss our math class,” means so very much. I miss our class too, very much.”
She adds: “Candy bar! Send me a candy bar … in the mail! Seriously though, any outward expression of appreciation is so valued. Expressing oneself in the digital medium can present a challenge, but even a Padlet that students create for teachers would be so cool!”
Charlie Mirus, eighth grade English/language arts teacher at Loveland Middle School in Loveland, Ohio:
“Most teachers like to hear about specific things that they are doing well. For example, it's nice when a student tells me, ‘I really like your class,’ but it's even more meaningful when a student says, ‘I really enjoyed that grammar activity we did today,’ or ‘I appreciate your help on my argumentative essay.’ There's just something about a person taking the time to give specific, meaningful appreciation that is extra special.”
Faye McDonough, eighth grade teacher at Headwaters Academy, Independent Middle School in Bozeman, Mont.:
“The power of kind words eases the stress in my heart and supports my emotional well-being as I re-learn how to reach the students and help them to continue with school.”
Emily Tate (@ByEmilyTate) is a reporter at EdSurge covering early childhood and K-12 education. Reach her at emily [at] edsurge [dot] com.
The warm and fuzzies of a page flipping to a new year have largely worn off. What is left behind in this area’s food scene are the same issues and concerns we all had before 2021 made its official appearance. The good news is, no one will deny that we are closer to the end of the national nightmare than we are the beginning. There is still plenty of reason to be excited about what is ahead. We just need to get there, right?
Some news and notes to stir your beverage heading into the new year. And I will start with good news.
*The streets of downtown Savannah were jammed over the two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s Day. I don’t think anyone could dispute the fact that downtown businesses were making great money for a short period of time.
*The flip side of that coin is the fact that before Christmas, Savannah was largely a ghost town. Yes, that time of year is typically slow, but it was slower than normal. I was out multiple times before Christmas and the word I kept hearing was ‘sluggish.’ Again, that was December leading up to Christmas.
*The holidays, though? Crazy. Rusty Browne, Owner of Savannah Pedi Cabs said “I haven’t seen Savannah this busy in years.” Good timing, I suppose.
*One thing I find particularly fascinating for no reason in particular, is the number of visitors we are now getting from South Florida. How do I know? Most of you know that Miami is my hometown. Between December 23rd and January 1st, I got three texts from family in Miami asking me about something in Savannah because a friend of theirs was here. That has never happened.
*Not only that, but I found myself chatting with a visitor from West Palm Beach in Ellis Square on Sunday. When I told her I’ve seen a significant uptick in people from South Florida she offered “Oh, half of Miami is here. We know a bunch of people who have been here this week.”
*All are welcome of course. Their money is green too. Speaking of green….Go ‘Canes…#beatbama. But I digress.
*We went out for a holiday celebration the week before Christmas. Our annual EIALI Christmas Crawl. A night of eating and liking and perhaps some drinking and liking. We hit Husk, Planter’s Tavern and St. Neo Brasserie. The highlight of the night was probably the Duck Charcuterie dish at St. Neo. Simply outstanding. Their menu changes daily so don’t go looking for it, but suffice to say St. Neo is just…awesome.
*The brand new Plant Riverside District was jammed all week. I stopped by twice for a few minutes each time during the week and saw a ton of activity. I was told they were sold out for a few days over the holidays, which is an indicator of how crowded this city was. I will say I struggle with $10-12 for a draft beer in their ‘biergarten.’ Local beers too. Especially when you know you can get that same beer for half that about 400 feet away on River Street. #notcool
*The crowds disappeared just. like. that. One restaurant manager told me they had 120 reservations on Saturday night (January 2nd). Plus walk-ins. On Sunday evening, they had 20. I was out for a bit Sunday afternoon, and it was clear the crowds that were left were largely day trippers headed out.
*That’s the perfect time to remind us all that our local restaurants may have gotten a nice bump the last two weeks, but I would dare say a large majority by FAR are still in a pretty deep 2020 induced hole. A restaurant owner once told me most restaurants close in January/February because they can’t afford to renew their liquor licenses. Kudos to Mayor Johnson for extending their deadline on that this year, but that isn’t going to put butts in seats. I cannot help but think it is going to be quiet around here for a little bit. Especially in January.
*Now more than ever, please remember to support local restaurants.
*If you work in the Food and Beverage industry, Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant on State Street downtown has been offering 50% off all Food AND drink to industry employees. Monday nights only. No reservations accepted. A tremendous deal for dinner if you throw in a bottle of wine.
*The Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce is going forward with their annual restaurant week. Usually it is held last week of January/First week of February. This year it will be February 20-27th. CLICK HERE for more information on that.
*Speaking of Hilton Head Island, Chez Georges Bistro and Bar is the hottest restaurant on the island right now. Exceptional food, cocktail program and atmosphere. I loved it. They just started Sunday brunch too.
*The Winter Igloos at The Lost Square atop The Alida Hotel have been a huge hit. You can book them in 90 minute blocks with a dining/beverage minimum charge. See more here.
*For those of you who watch on TV, Eat It and Like It with Jesse Blanco is back to noon on Saturday on WTOC-TV after a holiday hiatus beginning next week, January 16th. New episodes on the way!
*For the first time in many years, Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House will stay open through January. They usually take a break, but considering they are take out only, it is easier to manage. You can still eat at a table along the sidewalk on Jones Street, but there is no indoor dining. Of course, lunch only as usual.
*2021 is going to be pretty great for us at EIALI and on our food scene. More details next week. Trust me, there is big news on the horizon. Sign up for our newsletter here. It resumes this Thursday and every Thursday thereafter.
*Before we go, a quick story to share. Early December, I was out for margaritas with a gal pal. Nothing dramatic, it was happy hour. She left, I had one more and then asked for the tab. I opened the check holder to find a note that said “Thanks for all you do. It’s on us.” My understanding is that someone who was there picked up the tab and left. That doesn’t happen to me nearly as much as some of you would like to think. I was floored. I’m sharing here in hopes that the person who did that, sees this and knows how grateful I was for the holiday cheer. Thank you.
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Eat It and Like It launched in Savannah, Georgia with television personality Jesse Blanco as the host. His passion for food and travel has made Eat It and Like It a two-time EMMY nominated program about contemporary and traditional Southern food.