It should go without saying, but just in case you need the reminder, teachers are everyday heroes. Truly. And if their ability to effectively teach during a pandemic (either virtually, in-person, or asynchronously) didn’t convince you, I’m not sure what will. And whether you believe it or not, facts are facts 🙂
There’s nothing I love more than working with teachers and I’m always chomping at the bit this time of the year to help in any way I can. I know the time and money teachers selflessly spend in their classrooms trying to make their learning environment a comfortable space that engages each learner. It’s more than they have to give, and yet they keep giving because they want what’s best for their students. A home away from home where kids learn to love what it means to become a lifelong learner.
The sad reality is that many of our schools are underfunded, some lacking even the most basic materials and supplies. You might argue that teachers don’t “need” anything extra other than warm bodies and a curriculum. And maybe to some extent, you’re right. But every little “extra” is just another part of the learning experience for our kids. Extras that could potentially make or break how they learn and how they feel about school.
Teachers go above and beyond with their time, energy, expertise, and personal finances to ENHANCE the learning experience for their students. They know that the seemingly little things to the untrained eye are the things that make the biggest difference in how they’re able to effectively teach. In an effort to alleviate the financial burden incurred by our teachers each year, I’d love for you to help me #clearthelists.
I created a spreadsheet that includes the Amazon wishlists of PreK-High School teachers that I’d love for you to browse. Simply click on any of the links included and if you’re in a position to pay it forward, just purchase something (or several things) from that teacher’s list and Amazon will ship your purchase directly to the teacher. It’s an easy way to let our teachers know how much we value them and what they do. An incredibly generous way to say “THANK YOU!” to these amazing humans who do so much for our kids. As a former classroom teacher myself, I can’t tell you what a small gesture like that does for morale.
Remember that the list is comprised of classroom teachers as well as counselors, resource teachers, and special areas teachers. Each staff member on campus has needs that extend beyond their budgets and every little bit helps the greater good. It really does take a village. Thank you so much for your consideration!
Click the pic below to access the spreadsheet.
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