According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about half of teachers quit within the first five years of beginning their teaching careers. Part of the problem might be because teachers feel as is the administration does not recognize their hard work and dedication. Show your teachers you care by giving them the gift of recognition and relaxation this Christmas season.
Many teachers give selflessly and so often go unrecognized for their sacrifices. Take a few moments of your time to personally write each inspiring teacher a letter of appreciation. It is important that you, the principal, complete this task rather than delegate it. Teachers want to know that their boss recognizes their dedication, not the administrative assistant. Let each teacher know that you realize how much dedication he has shown and how he has personally enhanced the faculty. Detail any specifics regarding a project he completed, a club he sponsored or a new idea he has integrated into the curriculum to show how you pay attention to the details. Tuck the note inside a Christmas card and write the name of each teacher on the envelope. Include a gift card to a favorite store inside the card or attach the card to a wrapped gift such as a picture frame or day planner.
Teachers must often tend to overly demanding individuals, so a gift that allows her to relax and take "me time" may be just the gift she needs. Hire a local beauty parlor that offers massages and be sure that each teacher gets at least 15 minutes of uninterrupted pampering time as the attendants give foot rubs, facials, scalp massages and makeup applications. Request that the attendants play soft Christmas music or other relaxing music.
Provide your faculty with a sense of camaraderie by having a Christmas party. Have the event catered by a local restaurant. Stock up on common Christmas gifts, such as candles, serving dishes, gift cards and decorative Christmas pieces. Wrap the gifts and distribute them by playing Bingo or other party games.
Schools often have very strict budgets, so sometimes teachers must dip into their own pockets to acquire the necessary supplies for their classrooms. Make Christmas gift baskets with school supplies. Add pencils, red and green dry erase markers, paper, notebooks, erasers and a planner calendar. Wrap the basket with clear cellophane paper and add a decorative Christmas bow to the top. Another option is to give each teacher a gift certificate to a local classroom supply store.
If you want to purchase the same gift for every member of your faculty, a safe bet is that they need storage. Provide them with a file-folder system, a storage unit to sort graded papers, drawer organizers or rolling storage units.
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