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.
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.”