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Teacher’s Day

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.

Compound Words

When two words are joined together to make a new word, the result is a compound word. For example, the words “lady” and “bug” can be combined to form the word “ladybug.” Compound words are typically taught to children in the third grade, along with the notions of prefixes and suffixes. Teaching young students about compound words is a great way to help them learn word building skills. One common exercise for helping children understand compound words is to create a list consisting of 2 columns. Children should be able to draw lines from the words in one column to the next, putting them together to make compound words.

Examples of compound words:

Butterfly
Cupcake
Oversleep
Handwriting
Downpour
Handbook
Seafood
Saucepan
Airline
Armpit
School Teacher
Hazelnut
Hangout
Eyelash
Username
Birthplace
Bellhop
Lipstick
Heartbeat
Everyday
Snowman
Shipmate
Pineapple
Flashlight
Someone
Underwater
Yearbook
Doorman
Hairbrush

Additionally, hyphens are sometimes used to unify certain compound words. This often occurs when there are more than 2 words being combined, like in the case of “merry-go-round” or “mother-in-law.” However, it is also commonly seen when the words being combined are short words, such as “x-ray,” “as-is,” or “take-off.

School Teacher Pay

Here we will briefly discuss a teacher’s duties and school teacher pay as well as the job prospects and forecast. 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the following about public school teaching:

  • Public school teachers must be licensed with a bachelors degree and completion of a teaching program.
  • States offer alternative programs to draw people into the teaching field with a focus on positions that are typically hard to fill.
  • Job offers are out there but vary depending on demographic regions.

Teachers are to promote the education and social skills of children in their early years (K-12).  Teachers play a key role in the future of the child.  The tone they set in the classroom, the support they give and the knowledge they impart all shape the child’s future. 

In subjects as mathematics, science, and English among others teachers prepare presentations, assignments, demonstrations, and activities to teach different concepts and to increase critical thinking skills.  Teachers also assess, grade and evaluate students.  This helps a teacher build a curriculum that will fit the needs of their particular students in any given classroom.  Teachers may do this using various teaching methods.

Elementary school teachers play a key role in the development of children early on while middle or high school teachers go more in depth in the subjects presented earlier.  While an elementary teacher will typically stay in a room of students all day and teach various subjects, middle or high school teachers have a specialty. 

Training requirements may vary from state to state.  This can also depend on the type of school.  Whether it is a private school, college, charter school or public school makes a difference in what the requirements for training of the teacher are. A common thread in public schools is that teachers be licensed. 

In 2006 there were 4 million jobs in education (excluding special education) from Kindergarten to high school.  It is fore-casted that between 2006 and 2016 there will be a 12 percent increase for jobs in education. 

In May of 2006 it was reported that the average pay of teachers was between $43,000 and $48,000 per year.  In the lowest 10% of jobs the wages were as low as $28,000 to $33,000 per year.  According to AFT (the American Federation of Teachers) beginning teachers with a bachelor’s degree earned about $31,000 per year in the 2005-2006 school year. 

To add to their salary teachers can do a number of things.  Further certifications can often yield more pay, coaching sports, working in after school and extra curricular activities, or getting a master’s degree.  A teacher can also be paid more by becoming a mentor.

School Guidance Counselor

When I was in high school I thought the guidance counselor was the person in the office you got to go visit with when you got in trouble and needed some “guidance” to get back on track before you got sent to the principal, or detention. But, today I have a new appreciation for what guidance counselors really do.

I have to take a moment to give kudos and thanks to my daughters high school guidance counselor, without her my daughter could have gotten lost in the crowd. We relocated when my daughter was a young teenager and this guidance counselor went above and beyond her duties to make sure my daughter was able to get into all of the classes she needed, and at the levels she was prepared for. As time went on she stayed right on top of what had been accomplished, helped her set new goals, discovered when she needed a tutor, and helped us obtain the most out of her high school education by suggesting concurrent enrollment at our local college.

My daughter will soon be graduating college as one of the first in our family to do so. I owe my complete gratitude for all of the school teachers, administrators, and counselors who have helped my daughter succeed. We could not have done it without you. Thanks for showing us the dream, helping us set goals, and for all the help in making it happen!