42 Little Things Teachers Do that Make a Big Difference
When we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week last year, we had no idea what twists and turns were in store for teachers and students.
Whether it was making the best of remote learning, enforcing safety protocols at school or connecting with hard-to-reach students, we saw you go above and beyond in difficult circumstances.
Teachers like you are the backbone of the education system, and have impacted countless lives. But it’s not always about the big, grand gestures — it’s about all the little things teachers do that add up to something amazing.
We want to take Teacher Appreciation Week 2021 as an opportunity to say thank you to teachers for all you do, big and small.
First, here's a video some of the teachers at Prodigy made for you:
42 Ways teachers make a difference in and out of the classroom
There are so many little things teachers do that make a big difference for their students and communities. At Prodigy, we want to say thank you for all the time you spend:
- Laminating projects
- Wiping glue off of tables
- Documenting everything
- Calming anxious parents
- Sharpening all the pencils
- Bandaging scraped knees
- Listening to student stories
- Creating classroom handouts
- Preparing for standardized testing
- Daily behavior reports for students
- One on one sessions with students
- Keeping the peace in the classroom
- Changing out bulletin board displays
- Doing yard duty in the worst weather
- Zipping zippers and buttoning buttons
- Building lessons around student interests
- Giving up your breaks to go the extra mile
- Piles (and piles, and more piles) of grading
- Fixing the copier, even when you’re in a rush
- Constantly learning and developing new skills
- Having silly brain breaks in the middle of class
- Caring about students when you’re off the clock
- Stepping up and being a role model for students
- Labeling everything from coat hooks to craft bins
- Sanitizing every single surface in your classroom
- Cheering students on as they tackle difficult tasks
- Browsing the library for books your students will love
- Reaching ELL students and families in creative ways
- Troubleshooting technology (especially in the past year)
- Keeping students safe with masks and social distancing
- Staying up late to make amazing classroom decorations
- Counseling students and families through hard problems
- Finding new and exciting classroom activities on Pinterest
- Updating class websites and learning management systems
- Differentiating for all the learning needs in a diverse classroom
- Searching high and low for the best worksheets and resources
- Holding impromptu parent-teacher conferences over the phone
- Tying shoelaces — and teaching students how to do it themselves
- Tidying the classroom (or gamifying cleaning so your students clean up for you)
- Constantly organizing your classroom and making sure everything is in the right place
- Attending endless meetings — parent-teacher conferences, PD days, staff meetings and more
- Encouraging students, cheering them on and staying in touch long after they’ve left your classroom
On behalf of Prodigy, a big thank you to every teacher working tirelessly to support their students.
Thank you from Prodigy's Teachers
Inside and out, Prodigy wouldn’t be what it is today without teachers like you.
And whether it’s filming video lessons or adding new math skills, our in-house teachers make sure Prodigy is effective for you and fun for your students.
Here’s what they wanted to say to you:
"Teachers, you are true superheroes! Thank you for the endless effort you put in to make your students feel special. Know that you are deeply appreciated for all of the seen and unseen work that you do." Josh Prieur, Ed.D, Director of Education
Got a favorite teacher or a fellow educator you appreciate? Send them this blog post to say thank you for all their hard work.