Teachers, often times, do not get the recognition they deserve. We tend to think that someone else has probably thanked them or let them know of the difference they’re making, but sadly for many teachers, they receive very little recognition or appreciation. We hope to change that by offering 10 Reasons to celebrate teachers every single day.
1. They work hard….like really hard
Teachers are some of the hardest workers out there. Not only do they have to meet the needs and accommodate the learning styles of 30+ students an hour (an average,) they also prepare lessons, grade homework and a multitude of other tasks outside of school hours.
2. Because they care
Teachers spend more time with kids than most of their parents do. Their job is to teach, but many times they go above and beyond the call of duty by acting as role models, counselors, psychologists, cheerleaders, life-coaches and much more.
3. Because they don’t do it for the money
It is no secret that teachers are overworked and underpaid. Many individuals who pursue a career in teaching know this going into it, but they do it anyway. Why? Because for them, it isn’t about the money or the status. For them, it’s about seeing that one student who said they couldn’t do it, succeed.
4. They are always looking to improve
There is a widely believed myth that teachers have it easy. I mean, they get to work from 7am-3pm and get summers off, right? Wrong. Most teachers spend their evenings working on lesson plans and grading papers, while the summer months are used on personal development and classroom innovation and strategies.
5. They don’t take “I can’t” for an answer
If there is one phrase that is like nails on a chalkboard for teachers, it’s “I can’t.” To them, it’s not just their job, but their moral mission to prove you wrong when you say that you can’t do something.
6. They are the worlds best multi-taskers
If multi-tasking were an Olympic sport, teachers would have a shrine of gold medals. Somehow they manage to actually teach amidst answering hundreds of questions on the spot, keeping their students engaged, drinking coffee, reorganizing their lesson plan on the fly, staying on task, keeping 50 students on task and intercepting Billy before he can launch that spit wad.
7. Because leave a lasting impact on your life
I think we can all point to one or more teachers who have had an impact on our lives far beyond teaching us about the Pythagorean theorem. We may not even realize it at the time, but looking back, we can see how certain teachers shaped our thoughts and helped us to achieve far more than we could ever have imagined.
8. They know how to throw a great party
Some of the best parties happen between the ages of 5 and 15. From Halloween costume parties, to Christopher Columbus day, teachers are always looking for a way to combine learning, fun and cake. And who can blame them?!
9. They are resourceful
Teachers can pretty much use anything as a learning tool. Old magazine clippings, paper towel rolls, dead insects, marsh-mellows, pop cans- you name it!
10. Because they don’t get celebrated enough
We celebrate actors, singers, authors and athletes for their accomplishments, but I doubt any of them would be where they are without a teacher who believed in them. Teachers are the unsung heroes who are singing our praises and cheering us on each step of the way, with little to no recognition for the time, love and compassion that they put into each and every day on the job.
If you had a teacher who made a positive impact on your life, do them a favor and let them know it. Sometimes a simple thank-you can make a world of difference in someone’s life, especially a teacher’s!