A group of teachers gathered recently to discuss the challenges they face in their classrooms. Their biggest concern was whether or not they were making a difference in the lives of their students, and if all of their hard work was worth it.
Little did they know the surprise that awaited them. One by one they prepared to be interviewed, but instead of a solo interview, a surprise guest arrived to read a little something to them.
Students and athletes read letters of appreciation they wrote as the teachers sat and listened, and tried really hard not to cry.
Comments flooded in, and the video has been viewed over 11 million times. One commenter who we assume is a teacher, wrote “For any parents looking for a good holiday gift or end of the year gift for a teacher… a simple letter of appreciation from the heart and kind words would mean the world!”
Other teachers chimed in agreeing with this comment, saying they actually have notes from students in their wallets, or that they pull them out from time to time and read them every once in awhile or when they really need a reminder why they do what they do.
“After seeing this, teachers don’t need things. They need to be reminded they matter, Every. Single. Day,” one woman wrote. I could not agree more. I may not write a note every single day praising our kids teachers, but will definitely go out of my way to make sure they hear from me more often.
There have been times when teachers have reached out to let me know about something special one of my kids did – the ones I remember most were about their kindness towards others, or their leadership, not necessarily the ones about their grades. This actually meant more to me. What really touched me was not how amazing my kids are, but that a teacher would take the time out of their busy day to write an email to let me know about it.
Here’s a big thank you to all of the amazing teachers out there!