Teacher Appreciation Week
This week is Teacher Appreciation week! I’m not a teacher, but my sister and two of my aunts are so I wanted to take this as an opportunity to honor them as well as honor all of the great teachers I have had growing up. Each afternoon this week my Afternoon Delight post will be teacher related. Anyways, lets kick it off with my top 5 reasons it’s great to be a teacher.
- Free Entertainment: From listening to my sister, aunts, and friends that are teachers it seems like there is never a dull moment. And the best part is that you are getting paid for it! Especially with younger kids it seems like lots of funny things happen within the walls of elementary school classrooms. For example, I heard this story recently and it really cracks me up every time I think about it. A little 3rd grade boy gets caught passing a note in class. No, not “passing a note”, he was actually crouched underneath his desk sending his note in the form of a paper airplane…Anyways, after being reprimanded he begged his teacher not to read the note because he “accidentally” wrote a swear word in the note. The full context of the note was “Hi John, oh shit” …what a rebel!!
- Summers off: OK, OK, I know all of you teachers out there work your rumps off during the school year, but no matter what way you slice the cake, you still get summers off. Tanning, sleeping in, random trips…what was I thinking entering business school?
- Appreciation: I’m sure for most teachers this feeling doesn’t come everyday. And I’m sure for much of the time you have that “is anyone even listening to me” feeling, but then there’s that moment where a child says you’re his favorite teacher or a parent tells you how much their kid loves being in your class and it makes it all worth it.
- Giving Back: Yes teachers do get paid, but in many ways they are giving much more than they are getting paid. I mean sure a teach could just go to school everyday and wing it, but the good ones (which are the ones I know) think about their lesson plans and are constantly thinking of creative ways to get their kids involved so that the things they teach are interesting to students and presented in a way that will resonate. Think about it. Teachers are the people who are molding the young minds of little people who may not even know how to tie their shoes or spell neighborhood correctly now, but one of these days they will be the ones leading our country and most likely coming up with ridiculous inventions and technology that we can’t even imagine right now! So I’d say its kind of important that they are in the hands of an amazing teacher! Am I right!?
- Creative Freedom: From what I understand there is a pretty strict curriculum that needs to be followed for each grade that is not very flexible (if flexible at all), but it does seem like there is some creative freedom in the way that you can teach your kids. I remember in seventh grade my English/Reading teacher had a small basketball hoop in her room. You know, one of those ones you can hook onto the top of a door and use a small soft basketball with. And when we were practicing vocabulary words or something similar we got to hold the ball and take a shot if you get the answer right. As a 13-year-old, I thought that was AWESOME…heck, as a 26-year-old I’d think that’s awesome!