7 Reasons to Celebrate Your Favorite Teacher

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) instituted World Teacher Day on October 5. However, many countries observe Teacher Day celebrations independently. In America, students celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in the first full week of May. In that week, Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated on Tuesday.

How You Can Celebrate Teacher Day

On Teachers Day, students express their gratitude and appreciation to their teachers. Many educational institutes commemorate Teacher Day with elaborate entertainment activities that include short plays, dance, and music. Parent volunteers and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) members often host a small celebration party for the teachers. As a student, you can put up banners, and posters with a thank you note scribbled on them. Express your appreciation through thank you cards.

7 Reasons to Appreciate Teachers

  1. A Teacher's Influence Lasts Forever: In the words of William Butler Yeats, "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." We must credit our teachers who ignite the fire of learning in the mind that is yearning for knowledge. Someone once said, "Teachers don't impact for a year, but for a lifetime." A teacher can make a lasting impression on your mind. This influence persists beyond school, college, and university, and becomes the beacon of light, guiding us through the journey of life. Good teachers play the role of a parent, providing encouragement, inspiration, and invaluable guidance.
  2. Teaching Is Not Easy: Not everyone can be a teacher. Sure, you can pursue teaching programs to gain the necessary certification to be a teacher. But a good teacher has to have certain qualities to be an icon of inspiration. Great teachers are those who can extract the nectar of goodness from young aspirants. They can fish out the hidden qualities of every student. With words of inspiration, persistent training, and rigid discipline, they steer the students in the right direction. Great teachers teach the student to believe that nothing is impossible.
  3. Teachers Impact Many Generations: Everyone has a favorite teacher. You may love this special teacher for her charisma, enthusiasm, or knowledge. Often, your best memories of childhood revolve around a great teacher, who inspired and changed your life. Their words or actions linger in your memory decades after you leave school. Subconsciously, you emulate them as you pass on your knowledge to the next generation. Thus, a great teacher's influence can last for many generations.
  4. Teaching Self-Reliance: By setting the right example, a teacher can impress the importance of self-reliance, instead of expecting help from others. This can teach students to build on their strengths and be responsible for their successes and failures. Students can learn to push their limits.
  5. Teachers Teach You to Seek Knowledge: You may have come across some teachers who instilled value education in you. This kind of education can mold a human being for life. Teachers bear an enormous responsibility of passing on their wisdom and knowledge. Italian astronomer and mathematician Galileo expressed, "You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself." Good teachers help in enabling this discovery. They open new avenues and encourage students to explore and achieve their true potential.
  6. The Best Teachers: Recollect the good qualities of your favorite teachers. You may notice some common qualities. They motivated you to work harder, and take bigger initiatives. They are passionate about their subject and enjoyed teaching. Good teachers understand the importance of nurturing the love and thirst for knowledge. Some nuggets of their valuable advice remain with you forever. Their insight broadens your horizons and enables you to expand your knowledge.
  7. Teachers as Entertainers: Good teaching involves good delivery. African-American scholar and teacher John Henrik Clarke rightly said, "A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience's attention; then he can teach his lesson." It is not enough to simply know your subject. To initiate learning, teachers have to make the classroom experience enriching.

Appreciate Your Teacher's Efforts With Gratitude

Use this opportunity to get to know your teachers better. Share your thoughts and ideas and learn what inspires them. Make beautiful Teacher Day cards with Happy Teacher Day quotes to express your admiration. One beautiful Teachers' Day quote by Albert Einstein goes, "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

Every Day Is Teacher Day

Why wait for Teacher Day to come around? You don't need a special occasion to express your affection towards your teacher. Make each day of your teacher's life special with thoughtful words and deeds. A first-grade teacher is pleased as punch whenever she gets a hand-made card from one of her students. Overlooking the spelling mistakes and scrawny handwriting, she says that it is the thought that counts.

Your Success Is Your Teacher's Success

A teacher considers herself successful when her students achieve success in their respective careers. For her, the only reward is your advancement. On Teachers' Day, pay a visit to your alma mater, and meet the teachers who molded you. You will be surprised to find that they remember you, even though many years have rolled by. Your visit might bring tears of joy to their eyes. Express your appreciation by writing a personalized message. It is the best gift you could ever give your teachers.