Friday, May 09, 2008

Surviving Teacher Appreciation Week

This was Teacher Appreciation Week at our school.

It's progressed a lot from what it was a few years ago when we teachers were asked to chip in for our appreciation meal after school.
That's mainly due to our excellent Student Government Association (SGA) kids and their two fearless and perky leaders, Nancy and Cindy. (You may remember Cindy from the PeeWee post)
Our SGA is one of the high points of our school. These kids really contribute a lot of time and energy to make our school a better place ... something it desperately needs.

It was a week of free lunches and treat deliveries. Several times a day, kids would show up at your door with a tray of goodies.
Very nice, but I had to practice some restraint since the daily treats included pizza, 300 calorie doughnuts and an almost 500 calorie fried apple pie thingie.
It's the thought that counts ... not the calories, right?

I just set those high calorie bombs in the teacher's lounge between classes and they magically disappeared.

One of my favorite treats this week was not edible, just a decorated brown lunch bag with personal thank you notes from students.

I savored every one.
They were delicious ... sweet, with no calories.


Anonymous said...

FC- Good for deserve it! But you know a few calories now and then won't hurt you! Thunder has commented several times that you haven't changed since your UWF days!

Laura said...

Yep, I can see how you need to lose a few pounds here and there. ;)


Bet the lunch bag notes were the best of all!

Leslie said...

It's safe to eat all the broken cookies you want; the calories leak out when the cookie breaks.

Likewise, calories in food given as gifts are unable to be absorbed by your body; they pass right through leaving you lean and mean.

I'm surprised a science teacher doesn't know these things.

robin andrea said...

The brown bag with the thank you notes you can keep and appreciate forever, a donut not so much.

kathy a. said...

very sweet.

Deb said...

It seems the doughnut is the standard unit of appreciation exchange. Whenever someone brings doughnuts to my office, and I'm obligated to accept one, I take a polite bite or two, then bring it to my desk to "eat later". It ends up in the trash.

I like the brown bag idea a lot better!

Floridacracker said...

He's very kind.

Yup, they were the best.

How did I miss that? The science behind that makes perfect sense and I believe I need to find someone to give me some Fried Chicken for a gift as I am jonesing for it big time right now.

I was afraid I might keep that doughnut around my waist.

Kathy A,
Just right.

Yes. Doughnuts are universal in that respect.

Cathy S. said...

Have you ever heard of Gary Chapman's book on the Five Love Languages? Everone speaks a different love language, gifts, acts of service, quality time, physical touch or words of encouragement. (Though some of us have more than one, there is one that is primary for each of us). The trick is to figure out what the person you love's language is so you speak love to them in their language instead of your own. I'm guessing that your love language is words of encouragement and your wife's is acts of service from things you have written here. Wonder what your kids are? Each of mine is different. love the idea of the lunch bag because mine is words of encouragement, too.

Floridacracker said...

Cathy S,
I haven't, but the idea is fascinating.
I do ALOT of encouraging ...

Cathy S. said...

It helps to figure out what someone's language is by the way that they express love to others. Observe your kids and see if you can figure theirs out.

Sharon said...

I sure appreciate you! I just wish you were at my kid's school :) At any rate, you have taught me a lot just reading your blog. I can see from here what a fabulous teacher you are!

threecollie said...

Oh, wow, that new header photo made me catch my breath! Great shot!

Floridacracker said...

Gee Cathy, I've observed them for 20 years and they still confuse me.

Thank you. I think every blog I visit is teaching me something.

Painful to pull my dogs down, but I'm sure they will do something cute and wind up there again.
Glad you liked that little gator.

cinbad122 said...

So I finally got to check! Thanks for the kind words. You are better than me, I ate my way through the week...and gained 0.6 lbs!!! Oh well, will work it off this week! But it was worth it!

Cathy S. said...

Here's a hint: Watch to see how they interact with your wife tommorrow. For Mother's Day, my oldest whose love language is gifts spent a great deal of time and money buying me several items of equipment and clothing that he thinks will help me on my wilderness adventures atop my horse. Youngest, whose love language is physical touch, is in Brazil, but he gave me a ton of hugs before he left to tide me over for Mother's Day and until he gets back.

Thunder Dave said...

I'm sure that all the praise from the kids is sincere, and also well deserved! I certainly would have enjoyed having someone like you as a teacher!

Kimberlee said...

I guess my district isn't as evolved in the teacher appreciation department as yours seems to be. They decided to have a teacher appreciation lunch for the first time this year and teachers were asked to provide the food, serve it, and clean up afterward!

I love your comments about the brown paper bag of thank you notes...I'd have savored those too. :)

Floridacracker said...

All true. You two have created a superior SGA.

Cathy S,
Mine may be food too. Can you be bilingual?

You could try teaching you know... when you retire.

That's where we were only a few years ago.

Thunder Dave said...

You know FC, I may just give that a try! Afterall for the past few years I've been teaching college grads the real world of fluids processing ;-)