Skip to content

Yesterday was National Teacher Appreciation Day! Thank you teachers!

Do you know the origins of National Teacher Day? It is believed it began in 1944. An Arkansas teacher, Mattye Whytte Woodridge was writing to political and educational leaders asking for a national day for teachers to be honored. One of her letters made it to the desk of Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1953, Mrs. Roosevelt worked with groups like National Educators Association (NEA) to convince congress that there should be a national teacher day. 

It took decades for congress to declare the first National Teacher Day on March 1, 1980, and it was only for that year. But a movement had started to make it an annual thing with NEA on the first Tuesday in March. In 1985, the NEA Representative Assembly voted that the first Tuesday in March would be National Teacher Day. Then, the National Parent Teacher Association decided to take this a step further and decided the first full week of May would be Teacher Appreciation Week. 

To learn more about Mattye Whytte Woodridge and the history of National Teacher Day, check out this blog post:

https://blog.learningsciences.com/2019/05/03/mattie-whyte-woodridge-the-inspiring-history-of-teacher-appreciation-week/

Take time on social media to thank teachers or colleagues you know with this hashtag #ThankATeacher

There are a few different social media campaigns you can participate in.

This is NEA's Teacher Appreciation Week Prompts. Visit their website for graphics to post with it!

http://www.nea.org/grants/teacherday.html

  • Monday: What’s one thing you’ve learned recently about the work that teachers do?
  • Tuesday: Tag teachers (or colleagues) in your life and let them know how much you appreciate them.
  • Wednesday: Ask a teacher (or colleague) “What can I do to help?”
  • Thursday: Post a #TBT that brings back memories of your favorite teacher.
  • Friday: How has a teacher (or colleague or student) helped you make it through this week with a little more joy?
State Superintendent Syd Dickson shared a Teacher Appreciation campaign as well on Twitter!

Thanks for all you do!

Dr. Helen Caldicott, a world renowned Australian physician, stated, “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”

You have taken a remarkable leap in education lately. Please know we value your amazing efforts, also parents appreciate your diligence on behalf of their children. Stay the course!

I (Mentor Specialist Debbie Fisher) watched my granddaughter complete her classwork online today. She was so proud of her accomplishments. It reminded me of this quote:

"The greatest sign of success for a teacher...is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'"

~Maria Motessori

Teachers are making an amazing difference for their students today. Keep it going!

 

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”

~John F. Kennedy

“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.”

~Plato

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”

~Alexander the Great    Your contributions of time, talent, and support offer great opportunities to kids, truly making a difference in their lives.  

Thanks for all you do!

It's that time of year where we pause to thank teachers and reflect on who we are because of them. We are so grateful for our teachers in our schools and the hard work and efforts they put into helping their students learn.

 

Have you thanked a teacher? What teacher influenced your life and caused you to become better? Share about it in your own social media with #ThankATeacher

Also--many organizations recognize teachers. Check out this link for deals this week and during the year:

 

http://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/9-teacher-appreciation-week-freebies-deals-discounts/

What is the value of a good teacher?  It turns out that we have some, if partial, answers to this question.  In some really interesting research, economists sought to quantify the importance of improving teacher effectiveness.  They began with the assumption that improving teacher effectiveness would have positive and life-long impacts on the quality of the lives of students.  Their assumption was correct.  The impacts are significant beyond what we may think.  Incidentally, the benefits have very little to do with any specific content knowledge.  That is, the benefit of a high quality math teacher does not terminate with a student's better understanding of math.  Instead the affects of a more effective teacher appear in somewhat surprising and far-reaching areas.

Benefits of increasing teacher effectiveness

  1. Increased college attendance
  2. Increased lifetime earnings
  3. Decreased teenage birth rates
  4. Raised socio-economic status of community
  5. Increased retirement savings

In short, we clearly see that increasing teacher effectiveness has a tremendous impact on our economy.  In real numbers, the economic benefit of a teacher who is 1 standard deviation above the median is roughly $4,600 per student.  That would be $138,000 for a class of 30 (Chetty, Friedman, Rockoff, 2011).  In a very real and measurable way, the benefits of a highly effective teacher last for the rest of the students' lives.

References

Chetty, R., Friedman, J. N., & Rockoff, J. E. (2011). The long-term impacts of teachers: Teacher value-added and student outcomes in adulthood (No. w17699). National Bureau of Economic Research.

Hanushek, E. A. (2011). The economic value of higher teacher quality.Economics of Education Review, 30(3), 466-479.