We know that you have a difficult job. From what we hear, grading homework and tests, planning activities and going to meetings takes up a lot of your time. In addition, we know that we can be a handful at times, too. While we may not always show it, we really appreciate what you do, and no, we can't do your job even though at times we say and act otherwise. With that being said, there are a few things we would like you to keep in mind when you are planning lessons and interacting with us throughout the school day:
Please don't be offended by this letter. We really do understand that you have a difficult job to do. There are days when we are surprised that you are able to keep a smile on your face after all that we put you through. As you get ready for school tomorrow, try to keep our thoughts in mind and realize that what you do throughout the day impacts us.
I was inspired to write this post after reading Justin Tarte's posts, "an open letter to teachers" and "an open letter to administrators". After reading these posts, I asked my students to write down advice they would give to teachers if they had the opportunity. After reading all of their thoughts, I took the most popular, powerful responses and included them in this post.
This post originally appeared on jpprezz.blogspot.com in March 2011.