By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
By now most of you are enjoying your summer. You have been to the lake, slept in late, begun a university course, snuggled extra long with your own children, or finished that novel that had been calling to you. Perhaps you have begun a part-time job, worked in your yard, played several rounds of golf, organized a family picnic, or attended a concert. Whatever your summer endeavors are, we hope you relax and enjoy them. You deserve it.
And one more thing. Thank you!
Thank you for all the papers you corrected this year, taking the time to write meaningful appreciative and descriptive praise.
Thank you for spending some of your own money to buy that glue stick, ream of paper, calculator, or special colored set of markers for your classroom.
Thank you for investing extra time to help the child who was three years behind in reading, the one who didn’t know his multiplication tables, or the one who didn’t have the courage to risk putting her thoughts down on paper.
Thank you for taking tickets at the basketball game, running the concession stand at the football game, and for operating a booth at the Family Fun Fair.
Thank you for attending all the PTO meetings even though you and your colleagues often outnumbered the parents.
Thank you putting up with the Parent from Hell for the entire year and remaining calm in the face of disrespect, anger, and venting.
Thank you for sharing ideas and activities with the teacher across the hall who had two students that needed advanced work in your subject area.
Thank you for the kind words you gave to the rookie teacher who was struggling to make it through his first year with his self-esteem intact and for being that shoulder to lean on in time of need.
Thank you for putting serious thought into preparation for parent/teacher conferences and for offering useful ideas for those parents who didn’t know what to do with their own children.
Thank you for being there at the door to greet your students as they entered your classroom day after day.
Thank you for the calls you made to parents to keep them informed of behavioral problems, missing assignments, and positive things done by their children.
Thank you for keeping up your website so parents and students could check assignments and get up-to-date assignments.
Thank you for volunteering to give up your planning time for the students who needed to debrief the disagreement they had in the hall earlier that day.
Thank you for attending professional conferences in areas where you felt a need to gain additional skills and competencies.
Thank you for talking positively about your school, the administration, and your colleagues in public.
Thank you for the weekends you invested in planning, designing, grading, and evaluating assignments.
Thank you for purchasing professional books from us or from others, reading them, and implementing new ideas in your classroom.
Thank you for challenging students with high expectations.
Thank you for holding students accountable for the choices they made and for doing it with an open heart, even in the face of pressure to cave in so they wouldn’t have to experience the consequences.
Thank you for confronting in a positive way the student who needed to get conscious about the behaviors he was choosing.
Thank you for taking the time to meet with the special education teacher, the counselor, the administrator, and the parents of the student who needed a special treatment plan.
Thank you for agreeing to be on the salary, ethics, professional development, new teacher recruitment, or parent involvement committee.
Thank you for sponsoring the foreign language, science, Bible study, debate, chess, varsity, Quill and Scroll, or National Honor Society club.
Thank you for going home, worrying about a student, and coming up with a plan to help her.
Thank you for being willing to organize your bathroom breaks so you could be present with students for three hours without interruption.
Thank you for taking an active role in professional organizations that strive to improve education.
Thank you for speaking out against current practices and legislation that you feel are not in the best interest of your students, even in the midst of condemnation from others within your school system.
Thank you for arranging the student-to-student interaction patterns in your classroom so that students build positive relationships with one another.
Thank you for being a positive role model that all your students can look up to with pride and respect.
Thank you for being willing to eat lunch in fifteen minutes or less.
Thank you for investing the time to teach students appropriate behaviors such as getting started quickly, disagreeing politely, reporting in a positive manner, and taking responsibility for their actions in addition to teaching about your subject matter.
Thank you for taking care of yourself so you are physically, emotionally, and mentally ready to be the teacher you always wanted to be.
Thank you for teaching like no one else so your students can grow to live like no one else.
We appreciate your efforts.
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman are the authors of Teaching the Attraction Principle to Children. They are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. They publish a free monthly e-zine for parents. To sign up for it or to obtain more information about how they can help you or your group meet your parenting needs, visit their website today: www.personalpowerpress.com.