Teacher Appreciation Week
Mrs. Taylor. She was my first and third-grade teacher. I remember her as old. I remember her as kind. I remember her as setting high standards. I also remember spending a lot of time in with her at recess so she could help me. I remember scaring her when I did cartwheels on top of the monkey bars. I remember her smile. As I think back over my entire academic career Mrs. Taylor sticks out in my mind.
Do you have a teacher like that? A teacher who went far and beyond? A teacher who saw your value in not what you wore or who your parents were but in you as a student?
This week is teacher appreciation week.
Did you know?
- Teachers do not just work from 8-3 with summers off. Most arrive early, stay late, and take papers home to grade. In the summer teachers often have a second job, professional development to work on as well as prep for the coming year.
- Teachers love it when they run into former students, and they tell you how much they appreciated what you did for them.
- Teachers often spend their own money on the things they need to run their classroom. The Education Market Association says that virtually all teachers wind up paying out of pocket for supplies. On average, most spent nearly $500 last year, and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more. All told, a total of $1.6 billion in school supply costs is shifted from parents — or, increasingly, from cash-strapped districts — onto teachers themselves.
- Teachers are often the scapegoat for a student’s failure when in reality it is a combination of factors outside the teacher’s control that led to failure.
- In 32 metropolitan areas in the United States, teachers are priced out of owning a home.
- A University of Pennsylvania study found that 33% of teachers leave within the first three years of beginning their careers and 46% leave within the first five. The numbers have been increasing since the late 1980s. Due to lack of support from administration or lack of support from home. Many teachers take the fall for tough classrooms.
- Lastly, a teacher does not teach for the income but for the outcome!
Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.