Teaching: not just a job

May 2nd, 2013

As we pass through our school careers every issue seems magnified. Such as which class we are put in to, who we sit next to and where we eat lunch and the teachers seem to be the only people who have nothing to worry about. All we see is how they turn up to class, with a lesson plan in hand, know each student’s name, individual process and personality and conduct class after class without problem. You could say that they make it look easy. That would be a mistake…

Teaching is not the sort of job where you can just turn up and muddle through. As a teacher you cannot have ‘off days’, feel a little under the weather or be in a bad mood. Every day you have to be on top of your game, organized, lively and enthusiastic because you will have a classroom full of faces looking at you and expecting you to be the same as you always are. Children are often better than adults at noticing that something is wrong. But unlike adults they are likely to call you out on it or at the very least respond negatively through bad behavior or laziness.

Teachers also cannot give up. It is almost guaranteed that in every class there will be a troublemaker, a child who, for whatever reason, does not want to listen and does not want to learn. A teacher has a responsibility to that child to try their best to get through to them and make them appreciate the importance of education, despite how much the child will try to push away. A great teacher is one that tries to go the extra mile, find out what the underlying problems are and try to iron them out. A teacher has to treat every student equally and fairly and not take bad behavior or rudeness to heart.

In other professions, the people you come into contact with, colleagues and customers, you will have an effect on their day-to-day professional lives but not have a great impact on their personal and future lives. In teaching this is completely different. The experience we have in school affects our future in terms of our personality, motivation and aspirations. Teachers have a big impact on the course of their student’s lives and those of the child’s family.

Therefore it cannot be underestimated how important the teaching possession is for each individual child and therefore in society as a whole. Teachers affect each and every one of us and therefore this Teacher Appreciation Week they should be recognized for their professionalism, determination and ability. Without those people who are willing to dedicate their lives to being great teachers, we would all be worse off.


A note to parents: Teacher Appreciation Week isn’t only for the students

April 29th, 2013

Teacher Appreciation week isn’t only a time for children and students to thank their teachers, it is also an opportunity for parents to do so to. If your child is in education take the opportunity to thank their teacher for all their hard work. After all they are helping to bring up your child, to educate them, teach them how to behave and help them to succeed in the future. Don’t they deserve a little thanks?

Parents are the sole educators in their child’s life until the age of five, perhaps younger if the child goes into child care. The parents are those who are responsible for teaching a child how to walk, how to eat, how to talk, how to get dressed and so on. In other words all the basic essentials that allow the child to live their life. However these things are unlikely to have an effect on how a child turns out in terms of their personality, intelligence, motivation and aspirations. These things, the ones that impact on a person’s happiness and path in life, fall, in part, to the responsibility of their teachers.

Throughout a child’s school career they don’t only learn facts, the subject content and information, they also learn who they want to be in the process. The areas that they excel in and the ones that they don’t. What field or vocation they want to pursue throughout their working lives. What type of people they want to associate themselves with. What is important to them, a desire ‘to work to live’ or ‘to live to work.’ They learn how to learn and at some point make the choice whether they want to continue their education or go into work straight after school. These are all life altering decisions that affect a child’s personality and future prospects.

So, when you send your child to school, you are not only sending them to learn how to calculate Pythagoras Theorem or how to write an Acrostic poem, you are sending them to learn about who they want to be. Therefore don’t those people, the teachers, who perhaps have the biggest influence of all, deserve your gratitude for doing all they can to help your child have a positive future?

This is a message to the parents, this Teacher Appreciation Day take the time to thank the teachers who are having a special impact on the most important person in your life.


Teacher Appreciation Week: A Matter of Respect

April 25th, 2013

The key concept of Teacher Appreciation Week is to show respect to someone who works hard trying to prepare children for the difficulties of life.

Teacher Appreciation Week involves the acknowledgement of the great efforts made by teachers to give their pupils the best opportunities for their future careers.

Moreover Teacher Appreciation Week means showing respect for the teaching profession in general, understanding how difficult it is to deal with young people who have very different minds, home lives and backgrounds. Teachers also have many important responsibilities; they are responsible for the development of a child’s academic, cultural and sometimes personal knowledge. Teachers have the power to unlock the great potential of their pupils, however….”with great power comes great responsibility“.

For this reason, in the USA more than anywhere else, the role of the teacher is very important; indeed, teachers, have been attributed with a very important role in society because they are considered to be fundamental in young persons life.

Unfortunately, this opinion is not commonly shared; indeed, in other countries, like in Western Europe, sometimes teachers are not only underpaid but also underrated and often blamed by parents for all the bad behavior and failures of their children.

For this reason it would be nice to spread the American concept of teacher appreciation all over the world, trying to change the cultural perception of the teaching profession, which is still not properly rewarded.

10 Ideas to say thank you during Teacher Appreciation Week!

April 17th, 2013
  1. Handmade Card
  2. Tell your teacher how much they have helped you and your fellow students. Pick out specific moments and memories of your teacher that made you really appreciate them.

  3. Create your own Facebook Fan Page
  4. Create an appreciation page for the teachers at your school.

  5. Try to get a dedication published in your local newspaper/publication or write a personal thank you to your teacher in the student newspaper
  6. Plant a community garden on school grounds (get permission!)
  7. It’s a way to bring students, parents and teachers together. It creates a lasting reminder throughout the year of your appreciation.

  8. Bake your teacher’s favorite treat as a gift
  9. If you’re a former student go back to visit your teacher
  10. Let them know how well you are getting on, what you’re doing now and how much they had a positive influence on your life.

  11. Create a decoration for the classroom or your teachers desk
  12. Decorate a mug for your teacher
  13. They will remember how much they are appreciated every time they have their coffee.

  14. Buy/make a giant card for your teacher and have it signed by all the students
  15. Organize an Awards Ceremony for your teaching staff with different award categories and prizes. Interested? Read more

Inspire Teachers and Students with a Quote

April 10th, 2013

With Teacher Appreciation Day just round the corner, by now you must be thinking about what teacher appreciation gift you can give to show your gratitude. You might be considering hand making a gift. You may even want to make something that won’t only last during Teacher Appreciation Week, but for whole year. If the answer is yes then this could be what you’ve been looking for. Why not find an inspirational quote about teaching and place it your classroom where it can be viewed throughout the year. This will ensure that your teacher never forgets your appreciation and it will also remind all the students of your teacher’s hard work and dedication.

You could make a banner or poster either by hand or on the computer. Or if you choose not to make a decoration you could even write a quote in card and give it to your teacher.

Here are some ideas of inspirational teacher quotes:

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~ Henry Brooks Adams

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” ~ Goethe

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.” ~ Chinese Proverb

“You can pay people to teach, but you can’t pay them to care.” ~ Marva Collins

“Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis

“Teaching creates all other professions” ~ Author Unknown

“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” ~ Jacques Barzun

“The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” Author Unknown

“Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the “naturals,” the ones who somehow know how to teach.” ~ Peter Drucker

2 Teach is
2 Touch lives
4 Ever
~Author Unknown

Presenting… The Teacher Awards 2013

April 2nd, 2013

You may be looking to organize something special this year in order to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and show your teachers just how much you care and value them. Hold a Teacher Awards Ceremony on Teacher Appreciation Day in order to thank your educators for their individual efforts and qualities. Such an event will be a fun way to mark Teacher Appreciation Week by involving all students and school staff. Create different award categories and organize a range of prizes, certificates or even trophies! You could announce the categories in advance and have the all the students vote for who they think should win each award. Remember to make sure all the teaching staff are acknowledged. You don’t want anyone to be left out for all the work they do to better your future.

Here are some award category ideas:

  • The best sense of humor
  • The best fashion sense
  • The most caring
  • The most knowledgeable
  • The extra mile award:

Praise the teacher who most gives up their free time to help students and who goes beyond their required duty.

  • The most innovative
  • The most passionate about their subject
  • The life time achievement award:

Recognize a teacher who has served for a long time at you educational establishment. Someone who has dedicated their life to teaching and who deserves to be congratulated for their career-long achievement.

  • The teacher of the year award:

This could be the finale that closes the show!

So are you ready to organize an Oscars style awards ceremony for Teacher Appreciation Week 2013. It will be the best teacher appreciation gift you’ve ever given.

Appreciation with an apple?

March 22nd, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day is quickly approaching and so many people are already thinking about the perfect gift for their teacher to say thank you. Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week of May, so I was also surfing the Internet gathering inspiration for creative ideas. There was one thing, which really caught my attention: It seems that there are a lot of people showing their gratitude by giving an apple to their teacher. So now I’m asking myself, why an apple? What is this link between the fruit and the person who is broadening your horizon?

Firstly in the book of Genesis the apple has a special significance. In the Garden of Eden God planted a tree which had apples growing from it. When Eve decided to eat an apple from the tree of knowledge, she decided to exercise her own free will. The story from the bible shows the apple as a symbol of knowledge and will power. This is one of the reasons why children today give an apple as a gift, to show that their teachers also possess these characteristics.

This is not the only reason why teachers are given apples as a gift. The symbolism of the fruit can also be dated back to the times of the Greek Gods. The apple used to symbolize personal traits such as beauty, perfection and knowledge. These qualities are still important in today’s society and the connection between those and the fruit can show your teacher how thankful you are.

In 1677 Sir Isaac Newton was sitting under a tree when all of a sudden an apple fell and stuck him on the head. This sparked a curiosity to understand why the apple fell to ground and what forces were at work. This led to his later discovery of gravity. Here the apple signifies an important element of human tendencies, which is to investigate and develop ideas. Not unlike the daily life of students and teachers.

The significance of the apple is not only based on religion and history but also in the 17th century apples were used as a method of payment. People could not afford to pay for education with money and instead they would give a basket of apples to their children’s teachers in return for their efforts. Although today the apple is not a way to finance education the gesture still has significance. It is still a means of which to say thank you!

So now you know where the tradition comes from and why the apple symbolizes will power, knowledge and discovery. This is why in 2013 the apple can be presented as a gift on Teacher Appreciation Day. Not only as a fruit but also for what it represents.

Teachers taken for granted.

March 21st, 2013

The dictionary definition of teaching is to impart knowledge or skill. What this means is that one person shares their own knowledge or skill with another person from which they have gained from someone else. It is a process and this way knowledge is shared, grown and developed. Teaching is often perceived as a very ordinary and common profession. It’s true there are thousands of teachers around the world, that doesn’t make the job run of the mill. Far from it!

Without doubt the sharing of knowledge makes the world a better place. It gives the learners a possibility of a fulfilling and happy future and for the teachers it provides a lifelong career. Therefore teaching is more than a job and a way to pay the bills. It’s even more that the passion of an individual. Teaching is to impart knowledge. And knowledge is a gift.

So why is teaching viewed in such a lack luster and ordinary way? I think it is because the children of today’s developed world take their education for granted and therefore take the teachers for granted. As the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. And boy would we notice if education wasn’t just there and easily assessable. This idea that education and schooling is something inherently provided and commonplace creates a negative attitude to the role of teachers. Children go to school, do what they are told (or not) and then go home. Not so much as a thought as to what hard work and dedication goes into their intellectual and personal development. I believe this is because students are not given the opportunity and time to consider such and to appreciate it.

And so we arrive at my point. Teacher Appreciation Week is something positive and worthwhile. Beyond the gift giving and thanking, Teacher Appreciation Week gives students a chance to stop and think about the effort and dedication of their teachers. But moreover it provides an opportunity to appreciate the importance of teaching on a greater scale. What it really means and where we would all be without it. Teacher Appreciation Week can only create a more positive learning environment and go somewhere towards the true appreciation of knowledge.

The Enormous Responsibilities of Teachers

February 13th, 2013

It’s not easy to teach. It’s not easy to handle a class where some children are stubborn and importunate. Therefore, because of the passion in teaching, teachers have been disregarding the fact that such profession affiliates huge responsibility to the children, to their profession, and including the responsibility to the society. So this teacher appreciation day 2013 let us unite in one and give teacher a salute of enormous appreciation.

Let us make them know on teacher appreciation day that we are very thankful for enriching us with the wisdom that teaches us value our existence in this world. Every field of knowledge they bequeathed plays to stimulate our every aspiration personally and professionally. With their great help, we graduate in each stage of education satisfied and grateful because they make us educated people.

Good, kind, loyal, and humanitarian teachers are godsend to the society. In their absence, do you think doctors exist? Who taught them the process of treating the sick? It is the teachers. Do engineers exist without teachers? Who taught them to plan houses and buildings, and make our cities look progressive? It is the teachers.

As a result, the world is nothing without the “teachers.” Let us make teacher appreciation day 2013 celebration in our schools very rewarding for our teachers. One most excellent idea is to:

Gather all your classmates, and suggest to them that you will dedicate a song to your teacher in group. It would be nice if you sing your teacher’s favorite song.

For certain, your teacher will be very glad in your presentation. All in the class have brought to bear effort practicing his or her favorite song which is touching. But a little effort to express one’s gratitude to teachers on teacher appreciation day is indeed a worth payment of their exhaustion in almost everyday. They shape our minds, they develop our lifestyle, and they enhance ourselves to stand for what we really that can never be paid by money.

To all of these heroic and heroine enormous responsibilities, I can say that teachers are crucial people in the world.

Spend No-Money with Teacher Appreciation Notes or Poems

February 12th, 2013

Teachers imparted us wisdom that makes our lives unique. Imagine yourself without education. Do you see how dejecting the lives of those people who are illiterate? These people’s existence becomes susceptible to risks because of their scarcity of knowledge. That’s why you should be thankful because you are fortunate to be educated.

Teachers become instruments to furnish you, your classmates, and your schoolmates the learning that can’t be bought by anyone. And this is the reason why teaching profession is extraordinary to reflect on amidst other professions. So it’s time to give back our gratitude, “thank you teacher” on Teacher Appreciation Week.

There are so many ideas to express your gratefulness that will not require you money to spend like writing a thank you note or appreciation poems for teachers. Compose your note or poem in a piece of paper. It is better if you write down a message in accordance to what you really feel for your teacher. If you’re done, transfer it to a clean paper, you can draw something on it and color the image to make your note looks lively. One example of a teacher note/ poem:

Thank you so much,
for your effort and for the genuine teaching.
The knowledge you shared,
inspires my studies and make it meaningful.

I always remember,
your teaching that’s tender.
Motivates to reach my aim,
and strive the best for my dream.

With the entire struggle that teachers have had encountered, there are still many people who take complain when there’s unexpected unintentional circumstances arise. What can we do to cheer up our teachers? That’s why a little says of ‘thanks’ is a big ‘welcome’ for teachers.

If you want to give something more to your teacher on teacher appreciation week, you may reflect on things like a basket of fruits, a jar of M&Ms, a pint of apple jam, anything and anyway you return your gratitude.