Teacher Appreciation Week is always the first full week of May (May 7-11 in 2018) and National Teacher Day is the Tuesday (May 8th in 2018) in the first full week of May. It was actually Eleanor Roosevelt who persuaded the 81st Congress to observe National Teacher Day, which was originally in March and later moved to May when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week.
This week recognizes teachers and the amazing work that they do. As hard as it may be at times, they are shaping the minds of the future with the knowledge they impart on their students. Teaching is an incredibly difficult job. They enter classrooms filled with students, some of whom may not want to be there, and they give the students the tools and information they need to become functioning members of society.
Some teachers go above and beyond for their students. Whether it is meeting after class to give extra help, boosting confidence, giving advice, or assisting with graduation requirements, teachers do what they can to help their students succeed. Teachers can show you how to find the light in the darkness and can inspire students to figure out what they want to be in life. They affect the lives of students, attempting to propel them in a positive direction, every single day.
We appreciate all the work that teachers do and hope that everyone else acknowledges their efforts. It’s also important to recognize the teachers, who teach lessons outside of the classroom. These teachers may be coaches, music instructors, job supervisors, or close friends. No matter who the teacher is, he or she continually provides information, which is the most powerful ammunition to have in life. Stay informed, stay knowledgeable, and keep pursuing what you love.
Thank a teacher in person or post a picture on social media this week (May 7-11) with a note about how the teacher has helped you. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ThankATeacher. Give back the love that has been given to you.