Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. This is a week for everyone to show teachers just how much they are appreciated!
Here is an activity to do with students that celebrates teachers:
Read a book about a teacher such as Thank You, Mr. Falker, Miss Nelson is Missing, The Miracle Worker, Tuesdays with Morrie, or A Lesson Before Dying. Why are the teachers in these stories special? Have a class discussion about some of your students’ favorite teachers. Then have students try these follow-up activities:
- Compare a favorite teacher to a teacher from a book with a Venn Diagram.
- Write a letter to a favorite teacher using the Letter Generator.
- Create a character map of a storybook teacher with the Story Mapping tool.
- Use the Word Mover to create a piece that describes the teacher or school.
To round out Teacher Appreciation Week, watch a movie that inspires you and makes you feel proud to be in the field of education where YOU really do have an impact. Enjoy!
This week brings is Teacher Appreciation Week! Since 1984, the National PTA has designated time each May for communities nationwide to honor teachers for their work with children. See the following resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org for ideas on how you can celebrate teachers as well as yourself and your colleagues.
Sarah Brown Wessling, high school English teacher, NCTE member, and the past National Teacher of the Year, shares her thoughts on the far-reaching impact that teachers have on others in her post “Dear Teacher: You. Make. A. Difference“.
“Dear Teachers: Letters to Another Hero” from Voices from the Middle presents 54 thank you letters written by authors (of children’s literature, young adult literature, and professional texts) to classroom teachers, from the shadow of the events of September 11th, 2001, offering their thanks for teachers’ efforts to face those events with children, offering their personal thoughts about the events, or their thoughts of the power of literature in dark times.
Author Pat Mora, in this letter of praise to educators from English Journal, suggests that teachers need to be writers to better teach writing. Helping students “bring themselves to the page” through their writing is one way to get them to know the joy of books.
Who are the key educators who contributed to a century-long professional history in the development of writing theory and pedagogy? Read about some of them in “Teaching Writing on the Shoulders of Giants” from Language Arts.
Donald Murray is an educator who made an impact on many. Read in College Composition and Communication about an appreciation of him and his many contributions and meaningful connections.
Encourage students to write tributes to teachers who have made a profound difference in their lives then publish their work in a class collection in the lesson plan “A Significant Influence: Describing an Important Teacher in Your Life“.
Share your thoughts and ideas about teachers here or on social media using the hashtag #ThankATeacher.