When is Teachers Appreciation Day?
When is teacher appreciation week this year? This year's teacher appreciation falls on the week of May 2nd through May 6th. So when is teacher appreciation week a concern to you? Are you a student, principal, or school administrator? Are you a parent of a school-aged child or are you a teacher yourself? This teacher appreciation week is for you. Tuesday, in particular, is teachers day in which you can show all of your great teachers appreciation for all that they do for you.
Some history on teacher appreciation: where'd it all start anyway?
When is teacher appreciation week first seen as an event in our history? There is no exact origin of teacher appreciation week; however there is some theory as to how it all got started. In 1953, post World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt encouraged the start of such a day. Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 until 1945. Eleanor Roosevelt was orphaned at a very young age and became quite close to her uncle, President Theodore Roosevelt, and his wife Bamie Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt's Aunt Bamie Roosevelt encouraged Eleanor to expand her knowledge and satisfaction with life by pursuing a good education for herself. Eleanor's Aunt Bamie Roosevelt then helped to make the arrangements for Eleanor Roosevelt to attend a girls' boarding school outside London.
At that boarding school, Eleanor Roosevelt excelled in her studies and broadened her thinking through in depth classes and through educational field trips around Europe. Eleanor Roosevelt's headmistress from her girls' boarding school, Mademoiselle Marie Souvestre, made a particular impact on her. Eleanor Roosevelt credits her girls' boarding school headmistress, Mademoiselle Marie Souvestre, as one of the handful of people who most positively influenced her life.
Maybe her positive experience at girls' boarding school abroad or a good role model like her headmistress Mademoiselle Marie Souvestre were what lead Eleanor Roosevelt to feel strongly about the value of a good education.
The very first Teachers Day
During World War II, the time of the first documented suggestion of a teachers day, Eleanor Roosevelt was very active in her passionate cause of the civil rights movement. Eleanor Roosevelt made efforts toward war morale but was especially interested in civil rights for African Americans and women. Being a woman herself, she had been lucky enough to go to a boarding school and to be educated. When she suggested a teachers day, she may have been thinking of her headmistress Mademoiselle Marie Souvestre and wishing to show her and all other teachers appreciation for the skills and knowledge that they gave to her and to others.
Although Eleanor Roosevelt wanted a day dedicated to teachers appreciation as early as 1953, the day wasn't recognized as a true day of acknowledgement until the year 1980 when congress named a National Teacher Day. Then in 1985 the PTA, or the Parent Teacher Association, set up the first week of May as National Teacher Week. The week has been celebrated every year since. It is hard to believe that teacher appreciation has only been nationally in place for a mere 26 years!
What is the Parent Teacher Association's role in teacher appreciation?
The Parent Teacher Association played an important role in honoring teachers by recognizing the significance of good teaching for their children and establishing such a week to thank the teachers for their part in children's lives. The Parent Teacher Association was founded on February 17, 1897 as a non-profit in Chicago, Illinois. The Parent Teacher association now has its headquarters residing in Alexandria, Virginia instead of Chicago, Illinois and the association is made up of parents, teachers, and staff members of schools. Members of the Parent Teacher Association opt to join at their local school branch but ultimately become members of both the State Parent Teacher Association and the National Parent Teacher Association. The purpose of the Parent Teacher Association is to encourage and manage parent involvement in schools and their children's learning. Anyone who believes in the efforts of the Parent Teacher Association is welcome to join at their child's school.
Teachers and parents are a team to give children the best education that they can get. Teachers give kids the resources and lessons during the school day. Parents can further those lessons by getting involved with what their kid is doing at school and encouraging further exploration of those topics while at home. A parent teacher partnership is the best support system a child can have to thoroughly learn. This is why the one hundred and thirteen year old Parent Teacher Association is such a powerful and important organization to have.
The members that are parents of the Parent Teacher Association got involved with their children's learning experience. They saw what their kids were doing and how their minds were growing. The parents were able to see just how influential these teachers were on the lives of their children. This is why they wanted to thank them by giving them a week of recognition for all that they do every day to shape the lives of children.
There are some branches of the Parent Teacher Associations that are in high schools but the Parent Teacher Association is typically found in elementary schools and middle schools, grades kindergarten through 8th grade. This makes sense because this is where you see the most parent involvement in schools. It's not that parents don't care about their older children, but by high school, most kids don't want their parents to be as involved. In addition, younger children are more in need of the assistance of their parents, whereas high school kids can be independent to learn and complete their school work. High schools do, however, celebrate an annual teacher appreciation week, regardless of the lack of the Parent Teacher Association involvement.
Why should you say thank you to teachers?
Although teacher appreciation week is important for parents and students to recognize teachers, it is also very important for teachers, themselves, and outside professions. If you don't work in an academic environment, you may think that teacher appreciation week is a pointless week for you to have any concern over. First of all, no matter what you do, you were taught in some way and at some point in your life. Aside from that obvious matter, people everywhere can take teacher appreciation week as a learning experience about teaching both here and in other countries.
Likewise, teachers can use teacher appreciation week as a spotlight on the teaching profession. They can learn how to better their own teaching based on the feedback of students and parents on their fellow teachers and why they are appreciated. They can study great teachers so that they too can become a teacher that students will be lucky to have in their lives.
I bet you'd give Einstein a teacher gift
There are some teachers who stand out because they not only bettered the lives of their students, but they bettered society as a whole with their teachings. For example, Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist who was born in Ulm, Germany in 1879. Albert Einstein is known for his relativity theory. Seen as an icon of intelligence, Albert Einstein had many theories and formulas that greatly contributed to the advancement of science. Albert Einstein, known as the "father of modern physics", was not just a scientist, but a teacher as well. Before Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, Albert Einstein had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences. Albert Einstein later taught physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Einstein was a physics professor at the Institute for Advanced Study until his death on April 18, 1955 at the age of 76. It may not be common to give out teachers gifts as a college student, but if ever there was a teacher that deserved to get a teacher gift, it was Albert Einstein. Having developed so many formulas and theories, Albert Einstein's name has become a synonym with the word "genius."
Teachers gifts for other great minds
Another man worthy of being given teacher gifts is Aristotle of Stagira. Aristotle was born in Stagira, Macedonia in the year 384 BC. Aristotle started his career as a Greek philosopher by being a student at Plato's Academy in Athens from 367 BC until 347 BC when Aristotle's teacher, Plato, died. In 342 BC, Aristotle was first asked to teach when he got a request from Philip of Macedon that Aristotle come to be the teacher for Philip's son Alexander. Philip of Macedon's son, Alexander, later became the well known Alexander the Great. In 335 BC, Aristotle of Stagira opened a school called the Lyceum in Athens where his students were called Peripatetics. It is unknown whether Aristotle received a teachers gift from Alexander or any of his other students but Alexander the Great did leave a lasting impact on Aristotle. After Alexander the Great's death in 323 BC, there was resentment towards him and those that had associated with him. Aristotle took that opportunity to leave to Chalcis in Euboea where he stayed until his death in 322 BC.
Galileo Galilei has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy." The basic teachings of an introductory physics course or an astronomy class would not be possible without the findings of Galileo Galilei. In 1588, Galileo became a teacher Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence. In 1592, he became a mechanics, geometry, and astronomy teacher at the University of Padua. Through his research and studies Galileo came to believe that the galaxy was based around the sun instead of the earth and this created much controversy in his time. Galileo was accused of "heresay" and demanded to discontinue his ideas. He pursued what he thought, however, and although it didn't gain him any teachers gifts in his time, all of our modern knowledge and study of the universe came from the brilliant discoveries of Galileo Galilei.
Sir Isaac Newton was born on Christmas day, December 25, 1642, in Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth Lincolnshire, England. Sir Isaac Newton was many things in his lifetime including a mathematician, an alchemist, a theologian, a physicist, and a natural philosopher. Sir Isaac Newton is most known for his theory on universal gravitation and for his three laws of motion: the velocity of a body remains constant unless the body is acted upon by an external force; the acceleration a of a body is parallel and directly proportional to the net force F and inversely proportional to the mass m (F=ma); the mutual forces of action and reactions between two bodies are equal, opposite, and collinear. As a professor, Sir Isaac Newton had received teacher gifts in the form of respect and esteem by those that he had as students.
A teacher gift for Maria Montessori would have just been to see her pupils learning and growing by the use of her methods in educational development. Maria Montessori was born in Chiaravalle (Ancona), Italy on August 31, 1870. She went to school in Rome, Italy at the University of Rome La Sapienza and became the first Italian woman to earn a degree in medicine. Although she became a doctor, Maria Montessori was especially interested with trying to educate special needs children that had been deemed "uneducable" in Rome, Italy. Maria Montessori had a teachers gift and was able to prepare a group of 8 year old children to pass the state reading and writing examinations with an above-average score. This led her to question the potential of regular academic children. Through the opening of Casa dei Bambinim, or Children's House, Maria Montessori taught more and more children in what became to be known as the Montessori Method. Maria Montessori was so successful with the children that she taught that other Montessori schools using the Montessori Method opened for both public and private education.
Pythagoras of Samos was born in 570 BC on Samos Island. Not a lot is known about him because it took many years after his 495 BC death before anyone wrote down any information about him and his life. He may, however, have received a teachers gift for the assistance and teachings he gave in mathematics and philosophy. He is most famous for the Pythagorean Theorem which states that a(2) + b(2) = c(2). The Pythagorean Theorem is used to find a missing side of a right triangle and is quite helpful in everyday problems. For example, if you've ever needed to know the distance of your 10 foot tall ladder from your 9.2 foot tall window, you can use the formula of 9.2(2) + x(2) = 10(2) and solve for c. Start thinking of teacher gifts for your geometry teacher because thanks to them and Pythagoras, you can know that your ladder is 4 feet away from the wall.
Socrates of Athens was born in 469 BC in Deme Alopece, Athens. He was a Greek Athenian philosopher and he was known for being one of the founders of Western philosophy. Socrates work was not documented in his time but the best account of his philosophy can be found in the writings of his students Plato, Xenophon, and Aristophanes. Socrates received an important teacher gift through the writings of his student Plato. In Plato's writings we learned of the ideas of Socrates involving morals and the Socratic Method used to expose the ignorance of humans. Socrates said what questions to ask but he did not have the answers to these questions himself.He believed that this illustrated the ignorance of humans and that knowledge was something to be sought after to raise the excellence of mankind. If people were to seek knowledge, they first had to realize that they needed it. Socrates believed that all wrongdoings were based on ignorance and that it was worse to do an act injustice than to be a victim of injustice. Ironically, Socrates was a sufferer of injustice and put to death by having to drink hemlock for the crimes of impiety and corruption of youth with his radical thoughts.
Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist and a cosmologist who wrote many books and made many public appearances that lead to his celebrity-like status. In 2009, Stephen Hawking was awarded the highest civilian award in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Stephen Hawking worked as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge from 1979 until he retired thirty years later on October 1, 2009. Currently, Stephen Hawking received the greatest of teachers gifts by being made the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. Stephen William Hawking is most known for his work in cosmology and with quantum gravity, especially as it relates to black holes. Stephen Hawking is also recognized as struggling with a motor neurone disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This disease has left Stephen Hawking paralyzed and requires that he use a wheel chair for movement and that he use a computer for speech. Stephen Hawking wrote many books including A Brief History of Time (1988), Black Holes (1993), Baby Universes (1993), and The Universe in a Nutshell (2002). His book, The Universe in a Nutshell won Stephen Hawking the Aventis Science Book Prize.
Gifts for teachers do not have to be bought
You were probably never a student of Stephen William Hawking but I'm sure your teachers are awesome as well. If you are out of school, I'm sure you have found many ways that subject material or particular teachers have impacted your life, whether it is in your further education endeavors, your job, your relationship, your family, or just your life in general. Why not say a thank you to teacher by letting them know just how much they have influenced your future. Not all gifts for teachers have to be a literal gift. A letter or email update on your success would mean a lot to a dedicated educator.
FREE gift ideas for teachers
Gifts for teachers of current students could be a product of the child's imagination. Teachers love to see the brains of their children working and what better way to honor their teacher than for the students to create something for him or her. Imaginative gift ideas for teachers include having the students work together to put on a play, creating posters or other forms of appreciation art work, or writing a song to well known lyrics. Students can also have a sort of talent show with singing, dancing, and stand-up comedy. Kids love the chance to shine and teachers love seeing them open up to their full potential.
DELICIOUS gift ideas for teachers
Another thank you to teacher is with food. Food never fails to satisfy so why not plan on having edible gifts for teachers. You can give teachers treat bags that show them they're appreciated or you can package up homemade baked goods that parents and children can bake together. Some schools organize appreciation breakfasts, luncheons, or ice cream socials. Think of how happy you feel when someone brings in donuts to your office. Now remember how much better you feel when those donuts are a birthday cake just for you. Teachers will feel that same joy over a getting a treat to honor all that they do for their students all year long.
RELAXING teacher gifts
Teachers may take great pride in what they do and genuinely enjoy children, but let us face it; children are a handful. You wouldn't want to be a parent of thirty children so imagine how a teacher feels at the end of every day. Relaxation isn't something that happens much in a school day so gift ideas for teachers could include a mini spa experience. If there is a parent in the school that is a massage therapist, they could volunteer to give five minute chair massages. A thank you to teacher could be a take home manicure kit for female teachers and health promoting water bottles for male teachers.
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