Teaching and working in schools can be stressful. We work with people every day. We all know that people can be unpredictable. Whilst many schools will hold a special assembly or morning tea to mark World Teachers’ Day on Friday 30 October, I believe that a personal touch in showing appreciation is even better.
This year I’m encouraging you to send a personal, handwritten note to each of your teachers. BUT for maximum impact there is a catch! It is VITAL that you hand write the message and post it, yes snail mail, to your staff, at their home address. The prevalence of email has led to us rarely receiving anything but bills through the post. Receiving a hand written message, at home, shows that you have gone to an effort to appreciate your staff and is FAR MORE POWERFUL than simply putting a postcard or note in everybody’s pigeon hole.
To assist you, I am offering to send FREE postcards to schools who are Happy School subscribers (and only $1 each for schools who aren’t Happy School members!)
If your school isn’t a member now would be a great time to join. Only $295 + gst per year to receive our weekly articles to share with your staff and you’ll receive the postcards FREE. The one page Happy School articles are designed to help boost staff morale and reduce teacher stress. Just email us and we’ll set up your subscription and email you an invoice.)
Once you receive your postcards, hand write your message to each teacher, address it to their home, attach a stamp and pop it in the post in time to arrive on World Teacher’s Day. Yes, it takes time but you will be amazed how much impact your thoughtfulness, effort and personal approach have. Teaching is like planting trees.
Last year 13200 postcards were snapped up by school leaders and sent to Australian and New Zealand teachers. Don’t miss out this year!
Internationally World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October. However as this is during Australian school holidays in a number of states, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year – Friday October 30, 2015.
World Teachers’ Day was created by UNESCO in 1994 to celebrate teachers worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society.
PS Don’t forget to celebrate the other great staff who work in your school with special days and personal notes to thank them too. It takes a great team to make a great school – cleaners, aides, office, tuckshop, grounds and support staff!