What a fun week full of Mother's Day ideas! For this week's theme of "Teacher Appreciation", I'm taking it from a different vantage point. I taught a fifth-grade class for two years before we started our family. I've been the teacher being appreciated, and it's so fun! I'm not going to lie. Besides motherhood, teaching is one of the hardest things I've ever tackled. Teachers put so much time, energy and love into every day. I got completely spoiled by my students and their parents on a regular basis. Those little (and sometimes big) gestures made my day and often made all the hard work a little easier, knowing someone was aware of my efforts.
That being said, I have a couple of ideas to make your child's teacher feel the appreciation that you feel for them and their daily efforts. First off, I think it's important to remember that not every gesture of appreciation has to be time-consuming or expensive. It doesn't even have to be given on a day that every other student will be honoring their teacher. If your child is having a particularly tough week at school, chances are their teacher is also feeling the strain (times 30). The times when I felt most special were usually those occasions when I received a little something completely out of the blue, for no reason. I have multiple memories of a sweet note and little treat left quietly on my desk. Those always made me smile.
With that in mind, I thought I'd share my favorite banana bread recipe that is sure to add a sweet surprise to any teacher's day. I originally found the recipe here, on allrecipe.com. Of course I made changes (which I do to most recipes I find there). The modified ingredients are in bold print: