Two Sides of Appreciation

It seems as if there are two sides of appreciation:

  • Respect
  • Empathy

A quick search in the dictionary and we find:


1. recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
synonyms: valuing, respect, prizing, cherishing, treasuring, admiration, regard, esteem, high opinion
2. a full understanding of a situation.
“the bank’s lack of appreciation of their problems”
synonyms: acknowledgment, recognition, realization, knowledge;

While schools usually find teacher appreciation week to be a fun time for celebrating teachers, what would it do to a school culture if we made it a daily habit for team members and faculty to enact the two definitions above?

Just wondering.

Along these same lines, #822Chat is digging into a similar topic. I invite you to explore this post on How to Build Emotional Safety in a School (for Educators and Students).