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Old 04-23-2020, 03:53 PM
 
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I’m venting because seriously what... to this new “reverse teacher appreciation” day stuff I’m seeing all over FB and instagram! Omg. I am over here busting my butt (just like everyone else) and we have high expectations at my school so that alone is keeping me busy and stressed. But now teachers are posting that they are sending out gifts to the PARENTS? Okay. If you have time to do that, good on you. I’m way too busy and when I’m done for the day, I need to stop thinking about school. Not think about how to mail things out to families. I don’t even know...

Parents are keeping their kids accountable..some of my families I know are teaching which is amazing. I’m really happy about that! But I cannot get on board with this new teacher appreciation for parents thing..


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I don't have a Facebook, so I don't see this.

I was thinking of sending something small to my parents or having something when they pick up supplies. Not for teacher appreciation, but just for their support of me and their child during this time. Most have been so nice and so understanding, even more so than what they are for in person school! With this stressful time for them, too, I appreciate their understanding when things don't work out. Whatever I give would be super small and I don't think I'd mail it, as that would add more cost. I'd probably send it home with the kids when we do supply pick up at the end of May.
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I do have Facebook and have not seen this at all.
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For my grade level, Iím a part of three different groups and all three have had many posts daily! I mean I get it, teacher appreciation is coming up but the idea behind it this year.
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Yah if we did something like that for supplies pick up, I would give the kiddos something small, like I normally do.


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I would tell the parents that my gift to them is the time I'm spending zooming with their child so they can go and have a little time to themselves.
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I have not seen this.....yet. But, in my very personal opinion,,it sounds like a group of moms with nothing else to do, decided to set this up.

If I were still teaching, I would certainly not condone it.
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I'm sorry but I would not be showing any appreciation to a parent for doing their job. As teachers you are working to educate their children in difficult times, as they are working through difficult times. Teacher Apprecation is for professional teachers, not parents whose job should be making sure their son/daughter are doing the school work provided to them.
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I did post a screen shot but then deleted in case it was someone on the board. Likelihood is slim and even though I cropped the name - still felt bad. But I agree with you guys: we are doing our jobs and parents should be doing theirs. I had one parent saying her kid complains about reading well? Thatís your daughter so arenít you supposed to help her figure it out so she gets to a place of not complaining or at least trying?
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That's weird. I would not participate. Maybe parents will appreciate what teachers do in the future after trying to teach their own kids.


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I haven't seen that, but I have seen the meme where the poster says she should really get the kid's teacher a gift for teacher appreciation and then the next slide shows them adding a gift for themselves into their Amazon cart. If they want to reward themselves, then go for it but I'm not buying any parents a gift.
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Oh, geez. I haven't seen that. I'm going to miss teacher appreciation "week".
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of parents never gave me anything anyway. Sorry about being a bit grumpy about Teacher Appreciation.
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I'm going to miss teacher appreciation "week".
Me too! Every school I've worked at goes all out!
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That is so not necessary- to expect teacher to give gifts to parents.

IMO, that is about as stupid as "adopting a high school senior" and sending them gifts.
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I appreciate the work my parents have put in at home, but here again, it feels like many teachers try to see how many accolades they can earn by doing things such as this that require tons of time and money. Not everyone can afford to purchase and deliver small gifts. If you can , good for you! But donít rub everyoneís face in it on social media. Acts of kindness should be done all the time and donít require 135 ďlikesĒ. I plan to send my families a nicely worded thank you note at the end of the year.
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Old 04-24-2020, 10:22 AM
 
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During a global pandemic parents are asking for atta boys and pats on the back???
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Old 04-24-2020, 01:32 PM
 
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That is my reaction as well. I am finding the entitlement of a small, but apparently very vocal and visible minority, offensive.
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Old 04-24-2020, 01:44 PM
 
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This is insane. I feel like in general, we are pressured to do too many things for people who aren't our family. It contributes to why everyone is struggling financially. I mean, I love my students, their parents, my coworkers, etc. but why do we all feel the need to constantly be giving gifts to everyone? Just be nice to me on a daily basis and I'm happy.
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I guess the heart of this discussion really is: Should anyone have special appreciation for doing their job?

In this case, parents are being expected to do more for the education of their child than they were before due to children now being educated at home. Teachers are still getting paid their full salary (and working hard or harder in other ways). But teachers are appreciated for a week each year for doing their job. So here we have parents having to do more than expected because their children are not being educated in the traditional manner and are seen as not deserving recognition by those who want recognition for just doing their job.

Personally, I don't think gifts should go either way. Appreciation shouldn't be on a defined week. Appreciation should be a thoughtful thank you or note in either direction when someone genuinely feels like letting the other person know they are appreciated. This "let's make a week to force appreciation" is not genuine and mostly peer pressure.
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