Teacher’s Day is celebrated in many countries throughout the world. Some consider it a national holiday. In the United States, where it is often referred to as Teacher Appreciation Day, it is a non-official holiday, celebrated on the 1st Tuesday in May. This year, in 2010, Teacher’s day will be held on May 4th. It is a day intended for honoring those who contribute to the education of our youth and recognizing the lasting effects of their hard work and dedication.
The exact origination of Teacher’s Day is unknown. However, it has been traditionally recognized since the early 1950s. In America it is customary to honor teachers with the gesture of a small gift or token of appreciation. These gifts are thought of as a way to reward them for their contribution. However, the gift is less important than the gesture, as it mostly serves as an acknowledgment of their hard work and implies thankfulness. In fact many teachers report that over the years of their career, they have accumulated a number of tangible thank yous. For some reason or another, one traditional gift has become the coffee mug, which serves as a frequently collected item by teachers everywhere.
Teacher’s serve as examples, demonstrate patients, and shape the future. It is quite possibly the most fundamental profession in the existence of man kind. Whether it is a card, an email, a gift certificate, or a potted plant, be sure to send a gesture of thanks to yours or your child’s teacher this May. Teachers everywhere need to encouragement of knowing that their whole year of dedication has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.
Increasing amounts of recent research show the importance of art in improving students achievements and getting them ready for a job in a world market that demands new and exciting solutions to ever more challenging issues. It is also shown to increase a students engagement in learning and both their social
and civic development.
Studies have shown that the arts can have the following benefits on a learner.
- Improved performance of students that may be struggling.
- Continuously give already successful students new challenges.
- Provide job skills and sense of satisfaction to students who are incarcerated leading to a lower rate of second time offenders.
- Skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic are improved which helps with problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Students become more involved in learning and their schools.
- Attendance has also been shown to improve.
- Creates stronger relationships between students and teachers.
- Allow the child grow creatively and foster curiosity.
Many states support Arts in Education programs and have made them requirements for graduation from high school and parts of standards and assessment tests. One of the pitfalls that art programs run into though is that they are often the first to feel the pain of budget constraints.
There is a growing movement though to keep these programs alive. One that rests on the premise that the purpose of education has a greater responsibility than to just teach basic subject matter. That the arts help students to become life time learners, creates more of a feeling of community, to appreciate other cultures and prepares a student for an ever evolving world.