In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked our team member--and former educator--to reflect on what this week meant to him when he was a teacher.
Guest Post by Garrett Lathe, Atomic Learning eLearning Senior Producer, and former educator.
Gifts and gestures of appreciation, no matter how large or small, really feed a teacher’s soul. But the real hope that we have for students is to witness a lifestyle of appreciation, and make it a part of theirs… not just for a day or week, but a habit of appreciation. Someone who recognizes the full worth of his or her surroundings is someone who is better able to improve their world and the world of others. He or she can find the value in small things, and help them grow into something greater.
Isn’t appreciation, after all, one of the major things that teachers do? We find value in every learner we encounter. We minimize temporary hurdles and focus on the full worth of a person. We partner with them to appreciate their circumstance (both the adversity and the advantages), harness the tools at their disposal, and help them build success into their lives both now and as life-long learners.
Don't get me wrong... cards, flowers, iTunes gift cards, or even food (although I’m a big fan… food and I go way back) always brightens teachers' days. But overall, in my opinion, the best way to show a teacher your appreciation is to fully value the world around you.
In Garrett Lathe's own words, "My first and primary job in life is being a full-time learner. This way of life improves every other aspect of my life." In line with his dedication to learning, Lathe is Senior Producer for the eLearning team at Atomic Learning, where he helps to create and develop online training content for schools, districts, colleges, and universities.
Lathe is also founding director and current Artistic Director of the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota where he oversees the vision of the organization.