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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • How do we begin to thank them?

  • Their workday doesn’t stop at the end of their shift; they put in hours and hours of overtime and preparation. They work more hours than they are compensated for and often put their compensation right back into their work. They are always rethinking every part of their jobs ~ their relationships with students, c...
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  • Their workday doesn’t stop at the end of their shift; they put in hours and hours of overtime and preparation. They work more hours than they are compensated for and often put their compensation right back into their work. They are always rethinking every part of their jobs ~ their relationships with students, colleagues and the community; the tools and techniques they employ; their rights and responsibilities; the form and content of curriculum; what standards need to be implemented and how best to assess whether they are being met; and always working to better serve their clients by maintaining their professional development (www.edutopia.org). Their hearts and souls go into helping children be the best they can be. They are continuously creative, patient, dynamic and solve problems ingeniously almost every minute of the day. They give their all, I’m sure until they reach “empty” and then magically find a way to recharge for the next day. Not only do they impart knowledge, they frequently reinforce or teach morals, values, patience, social development and other major life skills.  Sometimes these people are the only constant and stable force in a child’s life.
    Who are these amazing people? Teachers!
    “Now… let’s look at our number line!” says a kindergarten teacher with such enthusiasm that anyone walking by the classroom would be eager to participate, “Let’s count to 100!” In unison the teacher and the many eager-minded kindergarteners cheerfully recite their numbers. This teacher turns learning into an adventure! Who wouldn’t want to learn from a teacher like that?
    Making learning exciting is a mark of a quality teacher. Teachers can transmit their energy and passions right on to children. A fantastic teacher I know has a passion for reading. I’ve heard parents comment that their child has developed a similar passion for reading since being in her class. Another teacher, with his love of math, has brought smiles and joy as students enthusiastically tackle the challenges they’re presented with. What power!
    For all they do to contribute to our society and to build our children for the future ~ How do we ever begin to thank these people? “Thank you” is greatly appreciated anytime, but next week offers a special occasion to show your gratitude! May 7-11th is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Show your support for all that educators do—find a way to let them know what a difference they make! Supporting education is an investment in the future!
     
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