(Notice the question mark, friends. It is very intentionally placed.)
If I could, I would personally appreciate the sh*t out of each and every one of you!
In years past, I have noted that this WEEK LONG EXTRAVAGANZA often goes unnoticed in many schools. Seriously, non-teachers, at least show some appreciation on one day, a morning, or an afternoon maybe...something!
Now I get to spend my time in a lot of different schools, I get to see the full spectrum of celebration. From schools that throw full blown luncheons complete with bottles of water, macaroni salad that does not resemble a soup thanks to a generous portion of mayonnaise, and cookies (the soft ones!)
to schools who not only have lost their manners, but have managed to become all out abusive.
I googled "teacher appreciate week" and half expected the screen to say, "Are you serious? Um, zero matches, sucker." Instead, I found these:
* A chance to win $5000 - cha ching! - sponsored by Febreze. (Can they smell my classroom from their corporate head quarters?)
* A chance to win a gift card for the food of our people (a.k.a. coffee) from Starbucks. I think the $30 may get you two and half drinks with names that last longer than teacher appreciation week.
* A discount for you to buy more stuff for your classroom because, contrary to popular belief, we are not all lazy SOBs.
* A discount for Mecca (a.k.a. The Container Store) so you can organize until you are grinning from ear to ear.
And if you're still feeling unappreciated this week, if you're one of those teachers who received a rape whistle, a chance at a ream of paper or a glance in the hallway....here's a little something to lift your spirits.
I appreciate you. For what it's worth.