How about a round of applause for Mattye and Eleanor? Back in 1944, Mr. Mattye Woodridge, a teacher from Arkansas, began calling for a national day to honor teachers. Then, in 1953, ex-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt convinced Congress to officially designate such a day for teachers, and in 1985, it evolved into Education Week, set for the first full week of May with Tuesday deemed National Teacher’s Day.
So, again, thank you Mattye and Eleanor.
Now for another round of applause (and let’s blow the roof off with this one).
To all the teachers out there – THANK YOU!
Most people say teaching is a tough and taxing career, but many don’t understand the patience, flexibility, and compassion it takes to not only teach but to connect with students. It’s a sizable feat, sometimes even a superhuman one considering the fierce battle for attention raging between SNS, media, video games, brands, and the list stretches on and on. In fact, if a child’s attention and interest were compared to a company’s stock, a teacher would own a very small percentage in comparison to those aforementioned stockholders. Still, teachers soldier on. Even though it’s an uphill battle trying to vie for undivided attention with trigonometry or iambic pentameter, they get up every morning to face their music, science, language, and history classes and do all they can to instill knowledge into young, nascent minds. It’s a tough job and always will be.
Teaching is a whole new can of worms now. Before, the fight was contained in a room. Proximity and immediacy were strapping warriors in a teacher’s war for attention. Now though, with remote e-learning, teachers are pitted against a whole different set of challenges. They oversee a purely online learning experience – probably for the first time and without training – and the learning curve of the platform itself, along with the difficulties inherent in this new learning technique, makes the situation even more testing. Teachers are facing trying times, to say the least.
Still, as always, they push on. They host group classes, send homework online, create peer support groups, test remotely, provide extra support and material if and when needed, and make sure their students are not falling behind. Whether it be through a CMS, LMS, learning-based app, email, or direct contact, they’re going the extra mile so students have what they need to succeed. They’re devoting their whole lives to a valued vocation. They’re being great teachers.
So, one more time, to all the teachers out there – THANK YOU!
We appreciate everything you do.
John Harrell is a former teacher of English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) who lived in South Korea for four years. He covers the intersection of education and technology for School Group, exploring the impact of everything from peer learning to classroom tech. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Christian Brothers University.
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