Thank You Notes for Teachers
Writing thank you notes for teachers can be intimidating, but can you think of anyone who deserves it more?
It has been said, “A good teacher explains. A superior teacher demonstrates. A great teacher inspires.”
Practically everyone can name an individual teacher who made a difference in their education and an impact on their life. Who is the teacher that inspired you?
A thank you note's contents depends on who is sending it. So, lets go over the two possibilities: Parent ---> Teacher and Student ---> Teacher.
Parent Thank You Notes for Teachers
There are countless occasions when thanking a teacher formally is appropriate, perhaps none more worthy than a grateful parent.
When writing a thank you note to your childâ€™s teacher, itâ€™s a good idea to organize your thoughts first. Are you writing to commend a specific event or the teacherâ€™s overall effort? Making a list of points youâ€™d like to mention is a good way to keep yourself on track as you sit down to write the note.
Be sure to outline the reason you are thankful to the teacher. In the sample thank you note above, this mother was singling out the teacherâ€™s efforts to make a new student feel welcomed in the classroom.
Offering a specific example or mentioning an individual event is a good way to illustrate your point. By reminding Mrs. Nance of how shy and uncomfortable her daughter was, Amy outlined the specific reason for writing.
Just saying, â€œthank youâ€ is nice, but expanding on it and mentioning how the teacherâ€™s actions have affected a student brings home the message of a thank you note. Again, from the note above, Amy assured Mrs. Nance that her actions were both recognized and appreciated.
Teacher Thank You Notes from Students
As a student writing a thank you note to a teacher, itâ€™s nice to include a personal experience. George admitted to Mr. Miller that he didnâ€™t have a high opinion of foreign language teachers prior to taking his class, but that Mr. Millerâ€™s approach to his students positively affected George.
Getting specific is a great way to demonstrate a tangible outcome based on a teacherâ€™s influence. In this case, George was sure to tell Mr. Miller that the video series he recommended aided his understanding of the language and, ultimately, his ability to master it.
By outlining exactly why you are grateful, the teacher you are thanking can get a broader understanding of the ripple effect his teaching has. George made sure to mention that Mr. Millerâ€™s dedication to helping George learn Spanish allowed him to keep his job and, in turn, kept Georgeâ€™s family financially secure.
Sometimes a shorter, less detailed note is more appropriate.
Thank a Teacher Today
The thank you note above is over something seemingly minimal â€“ sending home Jakeâ€™s homework. However, from Janeâ€™s note, Mrs. Kenney realizes how by simply doing her job of keeping her student from falling behind in his class work has also kept Jakeâ€™s mind off a potentially painful and boring recovery from surgery.
No matter the reason, thanking a teacher is always a good idea, and there is no reason too small to write thank you notes for teachers. Offering a teacher your genuine, personal appreciation is a great way to remind them the work they do is incredibly valuable.
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