Each beginning of May, at the academic and testing homestretch of the year, communities around the country observe Teacher Appreciation Week (5/2-5/6 2016). It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this, because:
It’s true. Plumbers, lawyers, auto mechanics, surgeons, gardeners, rocket scientists all have one thing in common: Someone, at some point, taught them something about their chosen job or vocation, and it’s likely that the teaching and learning happened in some kind of educational environment. So we can also say that:
because teachers everywhere come to school every day to teach every kid that walks into their classroom, no matter what. Each child who learns something from a teacher has been given a irrevocable gift: education is one of the few things that cannot be taken away from an individual. Teaching is one of the most literal, actual ways of affecting the future of a person, the future of a community, and the future of humanity. What do some other influential people say about teaching?
So we are so grateful for you, all you Austin ISD educators, and we are so proud of you. And we want you to keep on keepin’ on, because you are doing the best, hardest work in the world. Remember this post and this post about your colleagues sharing their own ways of doing intentional self-care? Well go back and look at those, and here are some other ideas as well:
Thank you for your work, thank you for your passion, thank you for your perseverance. Humanity wouldn’t be itself without teachers.
Much love to y’all! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!