Lynn Mahlum, Glyndon, Minn., Published May 08 2013
Letter: Show thanks for our teachersThis week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I hope that every parent who has a child in school will show appreciation to their teacher in some way.
Teachers are amazing people who balance innumerable tasks throughout a school day. Not only do teachers educate our children on how to read, write and calculate, they teach them how to think critically, work collaboratively and to use their own innate curiosity to discover new ideas. That sounds like a lot, but there is more.
There are school carnivals, field days, class plays, science fairs and conferences. Teachers do paperwork, grading, write notes to parents, attend committee meetings, coach and collect homework. Daily dilemmas dealing with sad, angry, neglected or bullied children become part of the job that pulls on a teacher’s heart and is packed to take home along with papers that need reading.
The teachers we are fortunate to have in the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding areas are up to the job. They are smart professionals who are constantly learning and expanding their knowledge about how children learn and what kind of teaching works best with which child, on which day. They take on new challenges, new mandates, and frequent educational changes with grace, always keeping in mind what is most effective for their students.
Thank you, teachers, for the uncountable ways you nurture our children from August through May. Thank you for the many hours you work before and after school. Thank you for the time you spend in the summer taking classes and preparing for the next school year. Thank you for making this school year the best yet for so many children. You are amazing!