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Thursday, May 10, 2012

#thankateacher-you rock!

Keep Teacher Appreciation Alive
Teachers come in all different varieties, just like kids do.  While one does wonders with their story telling, another might hold magical discussions.  It never ceases to amaze me how my colleagues can masterfully hold the attention of 25 or more hormone-laced kids and actually teach them something.  Every classroom I have ever walked into, either as parent or colleague, I have learned something I could use- tips, tricks, or strategies for teaching or content long forgotten. 
I thank you for not only what you have done for children, but for all the knowledge, skills and laughs you have shared with me, not just this week, but every day.  We strive to inspire our students each and every class period.  Do we do the same for our teachers?  Why not show a short video clip before each meeting to remind your staff that they make a difference?

 Get out the popcorn (and maybe the tissues):
Check out this 5 minute film festival from Edutopia.  There are videos here that will make you laugh and some that will make you cry but all express an appreciation for all you do.
You are the celebrity in these #thankateacher (check the twitterfeed) films that the DOE has compiled.  They feature celebrities in all areas, science, education, entertainment, etc. Who knew Blossom (Mayim Bialik) from the 90’s sitcom and now on Big Bang Theory had a PhD in neuroscience and was brought up by two public school teachers! 

There’s more:
99 ReasonsTeachers Rock! From great bladders to great leaders, there are many reasons why teachers rock!  Why not start a virtual sticky note wall at wallwisher to have teachers post their own reasons?  Or simply give each student in a school a post-it to post on a bulletin board in the school? 

While it is great to hear celebrities give us a shout out, eat the PTA’s cookies and get that Children First pin  from the principal this week – it should never end.  You have touched the minds and hearts of thousands of students (which becomes apparent as you walk through the grocery store in the town you teach – a celebrity in your own right).  Being a teacher is hard work that gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment- just like being a student.  
And thanks for all the work you do in a sometimes thankless position.

Check out the twitter feed #thankateacher for more inspiration.

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