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May 7 – National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 6, 2013

It is interesting that minutes before I began this blog post, I completed a survey for a colleague that requested “#  of years teaching?” My first reaction was to skip the question, but I did the math in my head and even though it was hard, I replied with the correct response of 39 years.

carousel-nationalteacherday03Yes, I have been a teacher for quite a long time. Not in the classroom every day of that time, but always a teacher. It is a career decision I have never regretted. There have been days I felt appreciated and days that were challenging. Today’s post is in appreciation and celebration of all those teachers who have committed their professional lives to making a difference in the lives of children. It also includes a thank you to all of my teachers. Thank you for making a difference in my life!!

The really good teachers are able to read a child’s story, and recognize the remarkable opportunity to help author that story. The really good teachers know how to script confidence and success onto the blank pages. They know how to edit the mistakes. And they want to help write a happy ending. Really good teachers know they have the ability to make a child happy or sad, to make a child feel confident or unsure, to make a child feel wanted or discarded. And students know when we care, when we care enough to read their stories.

Anthony Mullen, 2009 National Teacher of the Year

Tomorrow is National Teacher Day. Thank a teacher! Or post your teacher appreciation remarks below. We would love to hear about days you felt appreciated or about teachers you know who make a real difference.

Teachers Wear so Many Hats, a fun video:

Below are really great  resources for National Teacher Day.


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    May 7, 2013 6:16 am

    nice one, Linda!

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