SALT LAKE CITY – It can be a demanding job, and the Utah Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is encouraging parents and the entire community to show some extra gratitude toward the educators in their children’s lives during this Teacher Appreciation Week.
Liz Zentner, Utah PTA’s president, says teachers work hard guiding children, and they do so without much financial gain.
She says offering a word of praise can go a long way.
“We know how tough it is everyday to teach and to not be paid as much as you’re worth, and to not be able to feel appreciated all the time,” she points out. “And we set aside this special week to do some special things and honor our teachers near the end of the year so that they feel like that it’s all been worth it.”
Zentner says parents can express their thanks to teachers with a note or card, a plant or flower, or maybe even a gift card sent with the student to school.
She says the PTA also is honoring teachers this week with special events, in some cases arranging a meal for the entire school staff.
She adds that parents can help educators in a broader sense by being more involved in their children’s school life.
Zentner says now is an especially good time to show support for teachers, as they are working harder than ever to adapt to the changes brought about by the Common Core State Standards recently implemented in Utah.
“There’s been so much time cut because of lack of money for professional development, that the teachers are not as prepared as they ought to be, to be able to handle these difficult challenges,” she says.
The Common Core State Standards are being used as a basis for teaching most subjects in public schools in more than 40 states.