How We Can Support Teachers 

May 7, 2020 by

Teachers do a lot, and during the pandemic, your child’s instructor probably ended up with a heaping serving of extra work on their plate. They’ve had to transfer lesson plans and create a ton of new content seemingly overnight. Most of them won’t enjoy any summer vacation this year — they’ll be too busy catching students up on missed assignments. 

For a profession dedicated to developing America’s future leaders, teachers still get woefully little respect. You can show your child’s favorite educator that you care with these tips. 

1. Show Support in the Community 

Teachers have a bit of a public image problem. Many people still think that they have a comfortable life consisting of lengthy vacations, never understanding the time commitment that goes into providing quality education. They need all the people that they can to say, “Educators work hard, and I’m proud to know one.” 

It’s an election year, so if you have a political mind, get involved with virtual canvassing via text and phone for a candidate who supports education. If you prefer to stay out of the public sphere, you can get involved on the local level. Ask to join your local PTA by contacting your child’s school for the requisite information. This activity also allows you to voice your concerns about policies, learn about state funding and more.

2. Help Build Professional Networks 

Teachers lead a fairly insular existence. Between conferences and grading homework, they often don’t have time for an active social life. However, like anyone else, they need to find mortgages for their home, buy new cars or hire the right household help. Unfortunately, the only people they often have to ask are other teachers — and five-year-olds. 

Why not share your network of contacts with your educator friends? For example, if you know a savvy lender and someone struggling to get a mortgage with a baby on the way, connect them. Both will be appreciative, and the referral may even help the educator plan maternity leave, which is typically 12 weeks, around school vacations to ease the approval process.   

3. Contribute Classroom Supplies 

In a typical school year, your favorite teacher will run low on items like hand sanitizer and tissues. To show your appreciation, contribute needed supplies. For example, your school district may run a laptop donation drive for needy kids who don’t have a computer at home for virtual lessons. 

You can also share the resources you discover in your new role as a homeschool parent. There are tons of quality educational materials on the internet, but finding the best sites can prove tricky due to the glut of information available. If you have a teacher’s email address, you can send them links they can review during lesson planning. 

4. Volunteer as an Aide or Tutor 

Did you know that you can still volunteer to be a teacher’s aide online? As students make the transition to e-learning, they need more available adults to answer questions. 

Today’s tech-savvy generation wants immediate satisfaction, and their attention can wander if they have to wait too long for a reply. Email or call your child’s teacher to ask how you can get involved. Chances are, they will welcome the help with open arms. 

5. Reinforce Lesson Concepts  

Your child’s teacher can’t control the home environment where students live. However, the lessons children learn at home can bolster or harm their academic progress. Numerous studies show that kids whose parents play an active role in their education achieve higher test scores have better classroom behavior and attendance. 

Take the time to go over your child’s homework with them. At the dinner table, ask them probing questions about what they learned that day. Make it clear that you value education, and your kids will emulate your example. 

6. Gift Certificates Never Hurt 

Some school districts set rules on appropriate gift-giving practices, but most allow you to give your child’s teacher a reasonable token of your appreciation. Teaching remains one of the most underpaid professions, with public school educators making 18.7% less than comparable workers. Many willingly forego everyday luxuries to focus on their students. 

A gift certificate to their favorite coffee or sandwich shop makes a lovely gesture. Plus, you can support a local small business at the same time. Talk about a win-win. 

7. Ask Lots of Questions 

There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, and your child’s school may not have a list of suggestions on how parents can help. The most efficient way to support your child’s teacher is to ask them what they need. 

Help could be non-monetary, such as volunteering to monitor the chat room in an online classroom. It could also take the form of a donation. Even getting your little angel into their virtual learning environment before the lecture starts can put a smile on a weary educator’s face. 

Support Your Child’s Teacher Today

Teachers produce America’s future leaders in every industry. However, as professionals, they receive little respect. Show your child’s instructor how much you care by using these tips. 

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