With a presidential proclamation dated April 29th, President Barack Obama officially declared Teacher Appreciation Week to begin May 1st and end May 7th. With this, he also shared some powerful words connecting our teachers to the success of the United States as a whole. Here are some highlights.
"As our Nation has advanced on our journey toward ensuring rights and opportunities are extended fully and equally to all people, America's teachers -- from the front lines of our civil rights movement to the front lines of our education system -- have helped steer our country's course. They witness the incredible potential of our youth, and they know firsthand the impact of a caring leader at the front of the classroom."
"On National Teacher Appreciation Day and during National Teacher Appreciation Week, let us ensure our educators know how much we value their service in the classroom, how much we appreciate all they do for our students and families, and how thankful we are for their contributions to our national progress."
"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism."Colleen Wilcox
"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child."
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well”
Alexander the Great
"I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession"
"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery"
Mark Van Doren
There you have it! Everyone from Alexander the Great to Barack Obama has expressed an admiration and great respect for teachers. Now it's your turn! If you are a teacher, then the Center of Math would like to say thank you on our behalf for all of your hard work and dedication. A recent twitter trend asks teachers why they teach. With the hashtag #whyiteach, many teachers are responding. Here are some of our favorite answers.
From these powerful tweets, it's clear that these teachers are not seeking a reward or gratification. For many, seeing their students succeed is reward enough. However, an extra thank you doesn't hurt. Keep your teachers in mind today and everyday. #ThankATeacher