#SOL20: Appreciation

Ahh. Another cup.

Guessed it. The cup arrived in campus mail with a note attached. “In grateful appreciation . . .”

REALLY?

Be. Grateful.

Say. Thank You. And. Let. It. Go

Why didn’t it feel like “appreciation”?

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Recognition alone is a great beginning.

Recognition alone does NOT always feel like appreciation.

What was missing?

  • The Enjoyment
  • The Valuing
  • The Respect
  • The Cherishing
  • The Treasuring
  • The Good Qualities
  • The Full Understanding

Recognition, even public naming, may fall flat if it feels perfunctory. Forced. Incomplete. A Checkmark of Completion. Forgotten until that one week rolls around next year.

Perhaps a feeling of Non-Appreciation the remaining 51 weeks of the year.

The personalized notes. The post its. The hand-written, unsolicited treasures from students, families, and peers. Treasures to receive. Treasures to revisit. Treasured messages that convey appreciation.

What if the “Appreciation” included a personalized reason, example, or some specific piece of evidence?

What if the ‘Appreciation” was simply words from the heart – whether spoken or written?

What if the “Appreciation” was personalized?

When does appreciation convey true meaning?

When does appreciation miss the mark?

(So many questions . . .)




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This post was would have been more positive and upbeat if I had not read tis first. Aye, yi yi!

https://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2020/05/04/are-800000-of-us-older-teachers-not-going-to-be-able-to-teach-in-a-physical-classroom-next-year/




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5.10.20

8 responses

  1. dianeandlynne | Reply

    Yes, appreciation that is perfunctory is no appreciation at all! It’s like the “forced gaiety” icebreakers at conventions. Once on teacher appreciation day we were supposed to stand in line at the library to be handed an apple by the school board president. I demurred.

    1. Ewww . . . I would have had some place else to be for sure. No to all photo ops!

  2. You raise so many questions around this one word. I’m not sure if it is a good thing to name a week so people focus. Instead, I think you and I would rather get the note of gratitude at the moment the giver actually feels it. Who decided we needed days and weeks and months for topics to be the focus? And I definitely DO NOT NEED another mug or personalized water bottle!

    1. Principles of effective feedback are …. not waiting for the one day/ week of the year!
      I get putting it on a calendar but “who will you thank this month?” Seems more authentic!

  3. Showy appreciation one day of week of the year and then being ignored the rest of the year – what does that tell us about how we really are appreciated?

    1. Yes . . . and where can folks go for validation if/when it is withheld locally? It’s a big issue when we talk about awards, recognitions and mentions in buildings, districts, states and the nation!

    1. Yes, how can “appreciation” be a continuous process – more appreciation and celebration on an ongoing basis!

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