Have you thanked or complimented your childs teacher lately or ever?

@kiran1978 (4137)
Australia
April 7, 2008 6:09am CST
Being a teacher myself, I personally love it when a parent would thank me for what a great job I have done with their student. It means so much to me as I really am passionate about my job and I put alot of effort into giving them the best education I can plus I try to make my lessons fun and have a positive learning environment. However sadly with some parents you only seem to hear from them if there is a complaint or a problem. I think it would be nice if more parents showed their appreciation, even if it is simply to say thank you for being a good teacher. It will make their day, hearing it, plus they will be more motivated when teaching. For example the other day I wrote a letter to my daughter's year 7 teacher thanking him for doing a great job with my daughter. As I have never seen her so enthusiastic before. Can you believe that she actually loves doing her homework on the weekend. She gets her friends around and they do it together. I have to admit they have some interesting homework tasks, not worksheets, good real life stuff. So tell me your experiences with this topic, have you complimented your child's teacher recently or some time? What was the compliment given?
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@wnbwnbwnb (427)
• China
10 Apr 08
Well,although I am not a mother or a teacher,I do understand the importance of thanking the teacher for their hard work! Actually, my mom used to be a teacher,and I know that being a good teacher is really hard work.you have to prepare for your couses,check students' homework,talk to students,and sometimes,calling their parents... I must say that a job as teaching is one of the most respectable careers,and being a good teacher is one of the most proudable work one could ever done!
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
10 Apr 08
Good to hear you understand the challenges of being a good teacher, appreciation goes a long way.
• United States
7 Apr 08
I homeschool my children now, however I did praise his teachers when he was in school. I think it is very important to let the teachers know that you appreciate them, instead of just nagging at them. I think teaching is a very hard job, and I have a much greater appreciation now that I homeschool. It cant be easy to keep a room full of kids engrossed in what you are saying for 6 hrs a day.
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
7 Apr 08
Firstly I would like to compliment you, well done for taking on the commitment and dedication to teach your own kids, that would be very rewarding and a satisfying job to see how much your kids have grown and learnt throughout the year. I am so happy to hear how much you respect and acknowledge how much teachers do. It definately is not easy to manage a room full of kids at times, some classes are easier then others.
@p_vadla (1687)
• India
7 Apr 08
I regularly attend my son's PTA meetings. I give my feed back every one month.I complimented how patient the teacher is with the pupils and his interest in the children to see them enlightened day by day.
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
7 Apr 08
What a great compliment, that is excellent how the teacher enlightens your sons day.
@kezabelle (2985)
7 Apr 08
Yes just two weeks ago before she broke for easter holidays. My daughter is only at preschool but has been very unsettled and thus having wetting accidents, it all coincided with her fav teacher leaving the very same day as we moved house. Her teacher has been amazing in helping her overcome what was bothering her doing her best to make her feel settled and now the 2 month or so she has been dry completley and 100% happier and my daughter openly admits its this teacher who has made her feel happy it was a lot of little things she did. So I thankked as I know how important it is to recognise when someone is doing such a great job with your child. It meant a lot to me that she did so much for my child and understood how distressing it was for both me and my daughter and went out of her way to make things right, she really is fantastic
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
7 Apr 08
Wow that is great to hear, I am glad you understand the importance of recognising when someone does something good. THe teacher would have felt so good after you complimented her, as compliments sadly do not come everyday. I am happy that your daughter is now comfortable going to preschool.
@SViswan (12071)
• India
11 Apr 08
I've always made it a point to compliment my son's teachers when they've done a good job. I've also had complaints....but I also give appreciation where it is due...and make sure my son does it too. I got into the teaching profession only after my son was out of kindergarten....and I know how it feels when I get compliments and not just flattery. When my son passed out of kindergarten, my son wrote little cards for each one of his teachers....and gave it to them along with a pen and a little notepad (nothing fancy or expensive). The year before that....the kids had put up a wonderful performance...and we could all see the effort that had gone in on the teachers' part....I got together with a couple of other parents who felt the same...and presented a big boquet for the teachers...and had a meeting with the principal to let them know how we felt that the teachers were doing a wonderful job. Last week, I told my son's class teacher how she had done a good job in nurturing my child's talents and thanked her for encouraging him.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
23 Apr 08
I think when you are a teacher yourself you realise how important it is to give compliments to teachers when they have done a good job. I think it was really good of you to give a bouqet of flowers to your sons teacher. I liked the compliment you gave her about nurturing your sons talents that would have meant alot to her. You have such a sweet son, that was so good of him to give his teacher a little card.
@SViswan (12071)
• India
24 Apr 08
Thank you for the BR! I would compliment and complain even before I became a teacher. Most of the teachers in my son's school are dedicated and committed individuals...and I have to say that part of the reason my son turned out the way he did is his teachers being who they are. His last year's class teacher especially was always telling us about his traits and qualities....and how we needed to help him and not be content.
@gemini_rose (16194)
7 Apr 08
I have not really no, with my 6 year old I do not really think they do enough with him to bring him on, he is very lazy and they just seem to let him get away with it. My 7 year old on the other hand has improved leaps and bounds since going into year 3 and I think a lot of it has to do with the teacher he has had so I expect when it comes to the end of him being in that year then I will probably send in a card and a pressie, which I have never done before, so they must have done a good job!! My 6 year old says he wants to be a teacher when he grows up!!
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
7 Apr 08
Sounds like your 7 year old is doing well in school. I don't think you need to give a pressie, however it is nice, I wouldn't say no lol, but it is the words on the card that mean so much more. Its a shame your sons teacher cannot motivate your 6 year old, you don't want them losing motivation for school at such an early age. Apparently year 4, 9 year olds is when alot of kids are at risk of becoming unmotivated about school.
@gemini_rose (16194)
7 Apr 08
It has been hard for Aaron, he is 7 and is about 11 months younger than most of the kids in his class and he has found it tough going to keep up with them. I hope he does not get unmotivated about school but it is possible as the slightest thing upsets his balance. Aaron was also exactly the same as his brother when he was in the lower years, but as soon as he hit year 3 the change was amazing, so I am not unduly worried about Jack as maybe he will just be the same and get to year 3 and go exactly the same.