May 7-11, 2012 is designated as Teacher Appreciation Week by the National PTA. The organization has been recognizing teachers in the first full week of May since 1984. The acknowledgment was created to take time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.
When some people think of teachers, they think summer off. But “off” often means professional development work to become a better, more effective teacher. To be a teacher is long days of planning and grading, hours of brainstorming how to make lessons come alive and sleepless nights filled with worry for students dealing with poverty or less than ideal home situations. Those of us who have had a teacher truly influence our lives, or the lives of our children know the truth – teachers are the architects of our future. Teachers build skills and knowledge, but more than that, they instill in their students a belief that anything is possible through their support and encouragement.
It’s not easy being a teacher, especially these days. People place a lot of blame on teacher’s shoulders and often forget that a large part of their own success is due to the education the received in their early years. The Council for the Advancement of Public Schools encourages you to take some time this week to think back on all the important teachers in your life. Whether it was calculus or prepositions, to believe in yourself or how to share, teachers have taught us a lot.