Created by UNESCO in 1994, over 100 countries celebrate this global event. Although not a holiday, it is a special day to recognize teachers for the hard work that they do. We thank teachers for their countless hours of hard work. Be sure to thank all the teachers in your life today.
Did you know that many teachers are at school for eight hours a day? Work will still go home at night and on weekends. There are notebooks to prep in primary and tons of crafts to prepare. Marking may seem never ending for those in higher grades who have thirty or more students. Teachers do it for the love of improvement.
Did you know that teachers volunteer their time before and after school to coach teams or run clubs? Meetings for staff and events for younger students are often run during lunch time because it would be hard for students to stay after school. Staff devour their lunch in twenty minutes so students can have a special club of interest just for them. Teachers do it for love of creative interest.
Did you know that students with IEPs (individual education plan) have special needs so the teacher will put in place unique accommodations or modifications to their program so the student is successful? On-going conversation between the homeroom teacher, special education teacher, and principal essures the student is being served effectively. Continuous communication with parents are also important. Parents should not be concerned about a “label”. Instead, take this extra recognition for what it is and allow your child to opportunity to do his or her best. Teachers do this for student success.
Did you know that Educational Assistants and Early Childhood Educators are important teachers working inside classrooms to make sure these IEPs are fulfilled? Students who require extra assistance and care are the focus of these special educators. They are the ones that know your child inside out for the homeroom teacher may have twenty to thirty other students to look out for. EA’s and ECE’s help to program and create activities to make your child’s experience as beneficial and equitable as everyone else in the class. They do this because they want all children to enjoy school and to maximize every learning opportunity.
Did you know that French and Music teachers are bringing a new love to the classroom everyday? They inspire students to dive into an unfamiliar world and help them develop a passion for a language they may have never known or a rhythm they couldn’t otherwise identify. They help them explore their unique talents and gifts. Students grasp a new skill and may be able to pursue a whole new career because of this. Teachers do all this because of their love to inspire.
Did you know that a lot of items in the class may be purchased by the teacher? Craft supplies, stickers, decor, classroom library books and so much more come out of pocket for the teacher. The classroom is a second home to most teachers so they want to make it as comfortable for the kids and themselves. They buy games for recess and science kits for exploration. They purchase inspirational posters and toys for the prize boxes. Teachers do this for the love of engaging their students and keeping school fun.
Finally, did you know that when your child comes to school, his or her teacher is ready to give it 100%? Teachers do this because they chose this special profession. They do it because they truly care for our world’s future.
Teachers: thank you for all that you do. As a mom of a fourth-grader, second-grader, and preschooler, I see all that you do and I truly appreciate it. I’m lucky enough to work with a wonderful staff who do everything I mentioned and more. Happy World Teachers’ Day!