Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated across the globe. In the U.S., the recognition day — celebrated in large part because of Eleanor Roosevelt’s efforts to recognize and honor teachers — is always the Tuesday of the first full week of May. (Fun fact: Did you know in many countries, including most European countries, Monday really IS the first day of the week and Sunday is the last?! Our “English calendars” are as confusing to most of the world as our measurement of weight in ounces and pounds and distance in inches and miles. But I digress.) At least one local school district in my neck of the woods recognizes teachers during the third week of May . . . and I think all the confusion is a great reason to celebrate teachers all month long because the truth is E.VER.Y.DAY should be Teacher Appreciation Day. So, whether you were celebrated the first week, second week, or third week of May . . . or another Month altogether . . . please soak it all in and know you really deserve to be recognized and appreciated every week!
Thank you, Teachers, for caring about your students, cheering them on to success, and helping each student learn the way she or he best learns by constantly refining, revising, modifying, evaluating, expanding, adjusting, clarifying, scaffolding, reteaching, and adapting every lesson, all day long, in thirty-two different ways . . . while simultaneously preparing students for standardized tests, reminding them the test does not define them as a person or as a learner, getting band-aids for their mishaps, helping them mend broken hearts, asking about their weekends and connecting with them over their favorite performers, books, or sports teams, laughing with those students who are having the best day of their lives today and crying with those who are having the worst day ever, encouraging students to keep doing their best with hugs, high-fives, pats on the back, thumbs-up, and fist-bumps — and knowing exactly who prefers each — and making mental notes of who needs shoelaces, mittens, lunch money, a new composition notebook, or a supplemental activity to help them better understand the lesson. Thank you for caring for so many of their emotional needs each day and so many of their tangible needs each payday. Kudos to you, Teachers, for all the ways you strive every day to be and give and do what each individual student needs in order to grow into knowledgeable, informed, inspired, compassionate, empathetic, motivated, engaged life-long learners!