For Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re sharing some stories from the Edmodo community featuring inspiring moments at school.
It’s common knowledge that teachers are overworked, underpaid, and deserve more appreciation in general. As teachers across the country band together to demand better wages and budgets for their underfunded classrooms, we’re sharing a few stories from Edmodo teachers to show the valuable work that they do for their own school communities.
Without further ado, here are four heartwarming stories directly from teachers on Edmodo.
A Community of Positivity
Last year I had a particularly rough group of kids in my advisory class. (Advisory is sort of like a homeroom, but we have about 25 minutes to go over life skills-type topics.) Kids kept arguing, just in general being rude and unkind. I decided they needed to hear positives about each other. So, once a week, I chose a student at random. Everyone in the class had to write that person a positive letter and add a picture. We asked them to write for 15 straight minutes. The results were amazing! Some of the toughest boys in class were so proud of their letters that they displayed them on their binders. One girl told me she had never gotten a note before and couldn’t wait to read them. Even the toughest kid to get along with got 30 positive notes from their peers. I am not sure how much influence this activity had, but we definitely had less bickering and name calling for the rest of the year!
–Brenda Osborne, Language Arts Teacher
Giving Time to Care
Some time ago, our learning support assistant’s child had an accident. He was still very young and his mother was needed to stay by his hospital bed day and night. As educators, we don’t have a lot of time off work. In a week, her time off was used up and she had to come back to work. The head of the school called a meeting first thing in the morning and asked the staff to donate some of their time off to this particular educator. All agreed and donated time off so that she could stay near her child in the hospital, for about 4 months all together. Now, the child is back to school and she is too.
A Happy Holiday
During Christmas, our high school participates in Adopt-a-Child. We sort all 2nd period classes in groups of 2–3 classrooms. Each group gets an elementary student and their siblings to raise money and buy Christmas gifts for. On the last day of the semester, we have a huge potluck-style party where those elementary kids come to the high school and eat with us, and we watch them open some of their gifts. We send the rest of their gifts and their siblings’ gifts home with them for Christmas.
–Paul Munshower, Technology Integration Specialist
Reversing the Paradigm
Recently, I had some of my students from my Spanish classes (who often present with me at edtech conferences) lead a session of PD for the teachers at my school. The students came in on their day off, led the session, answered questions, and created different games to use for the session. All the teachers were really excited for the opportunity to learn from the students. It was the first time we did something like this at our school. A highlight was sharing our PBL and how much of an impact connecting with other classrooms around the world through Edmodo has had on the students.
–Rachelle Dene Poth, Technology Innovator
Submissions have been lightly edited for grammar and clarity.