What to say when you meet a teacher or a teacher trainee

From experience to meaning...

This morning I wrote a little piece in Dutch that has been read and shared a lot the past few hours. I’ll try to translate it for this blog too.

The reason I wrote this post is because I recognized a tone about teachers I know all to well in the typical ‘back to school’-news coverage. Even worse: I know the effect of this tone on my students who will be teachers soon.

In the meantime the teacher shortage is a global phenomenon…

So that’s why I wanted to write something positive, as a kind of alternative: what to say when you meet a teacher or a teacher trainee:

Thank you for teaching our kids, we really need you.

And if you have some extra time to spare, maybe you can add this:

I know you sometimes get the question if you couldn’t find anything better,
while teaching is one of the greatest jobs…

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