Teacher Appreciation: Survey Finds It’s Not the Gift That Counts, It’s the Thanks and Effort
Vernon Hills, Ill., May 8, 2007 — In spite of modest salaries, crowded classrooms, anxiety about meeting standardized testing goals and lack of resources; teachers say that all they need to feel appreciated is a thank-you and effort on the part of students and their parents, according to a recent survey of 1500 teachers. The survey was conducted by Learning Resources, a manufacturer of hands-on educational products for the classroom and home, in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11.
For the past 15 years, the first full week in May has been designated Teacher Appreciation Week, with that Tuesday, this year May 8, being National Teacher Appreciation Day. The purpose of the week is to set aside time to show teachers that they are appreciated.
“Teachers are our customers and we know them to be extremely dedicated to and passionate about teaching. We wanted to show our appreciation by helping to promote Teacher Appreciation Week,” said Eric Toriumi, senior marketing director, Learning Resources. “We began by asking them how students, parents and administrators could show their appreciation.”
As far as feeling appreciated, the majority of the teachers surveyed said that it was important to them, but most said they don’t always feel appreciated.
Doing good class work and a simple thank-you were the top picks of the surveyed teachers for how students can show their appreciation. Teachers selected being involved in their child’s education and a simple thank-you as the two best ways for parents to show their appreciation.
As one California educator stated, “I do not need gifts. It is the thank-you, or a comment like, ‘I learned a lot in your class’ that is the best reward. It is knowing that my efforts are appreciated and effective.”
In addition to students and parents, the majority of the teachers surveyed would like their bosses — school principals and administrators — to show their appreciation with praise and acknowledgement. A salary increase was selected by a small minority of the respondents.
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About Learning Resources
Learning Resources is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms and of learning toys for the home. For more than 20 years, educators and parents have trusted the company as a source for quality, award-winning educational products in language, math, science and early childhood. Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill., Learning Resources markets and distributes its products to over 80 countries around the globe. For more information about Learning Resources, visit http://www.LearningResources.com.