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Teacher Appreciation

You might be surprised to see an article on teacher appreciation now, when last week was Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers were celebrated in all kinds of ways, and if you didn’t see U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s YouTube┬« video acknowledging his favorite teacher Mrs. Darlene McCampbell, you might want to have a look.

But just as appreciation of mothers and fathers doesn’t begin and end with Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, appreciation of teachers needn’t stop as the specified dates pass by.

If you’d like to know more about the history of Teacher Day and how it is celebrated around the world, you can check out our article “Teacher Day.” But I’m going to use this post as Secretary Duncan and Mrs. McCampbell used their video to talk with you a little bit about a different way of coming to an appreciation of teachers, and that is by considering the training they go through to become teachers and considering whether you might wish to become a teacher.

There are many different types of teachers, many of whom teach in schools, but some of whom teach in community centers, art galleries, museums, theaters, aquariums, libraries, and other locations. Even “school teachers” may teach in a public school, a charter school, a magnet school, a private school, an independent school, or a homeschool. This doesn’t even begin to acknowledge the wide array of private instructors who teach children how to play instruments, ice skate, ride horses, garden, cook, and other topics that are often learned outside of a regular “school” building.

If you’re considering become a classroom teacher, then a degree from an accredited institution is likely to serve you well, and you may want to have a look at our article “Teaching Degree.”

More and more people are considering teaching as a second career, bringing the experience, training, and expertise from their first career into the classroom. In this case, your state department of education may have a special training and licenser program that bypasses the usual path taken by an aspiring undergraduate. Such programs are a way to change the old saying and make sure that “those who can, teach.”

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.