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Teacher Appreciation Week

thank-a-teacherSince 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!

Teachers Reading in the Summer

SummerReadingThis week marks the first day of Summer 2016! It’s true that many educators assign reading to their students over the summer. We also know that educators themselves have some books they want to read this summer. The following resources from NCTE provide some suggestions for summer reading for educators.

The author of “Summer Reading: A Reflection” recounts her family’s summer reading which gave her a chance to talk with her children about books and, ultimately, about life.

This Teacher to Teacher column invited teachers to respond to the question, “What Work of Adult Fiction or Nonfiction Do You Recommend to Other Teachers for Summer Reading?

Reading for Fun” includes three teachers’ reflections on their personal reading lives and the reading instruction they provide to students.

For several years the editor of “TYCA to You” compiled annual summer reading lists. The editor states that the reading suggestions “span time and content in ways only voracious readers can.”

A study investigated the relationships between five junior high school teachers’ personal approaches to literature and their teaching of literature in “Teachers Reading/Readers Teaching: Five Teachers’ Personal Approaches to Literature and Their Teaching of Literature“.

When adults and teens read the same book, that shared experience can spark important conversations that might not happen otherwise. Tune in to hear about eight novels that all focus in some way on teens and their complicated relationships with family members, peers, and the larger world.

We here at NCTE pose these questions to you: What is on YOUR reading list this summer? Why? What titles are you recommending to others?

The Four R’s of Summer

4rsCan you believe it? The first day of summer will be here before we know it! Whether your school year is already over or will be soon, here are a few things to get you in the mindset:

Reflect.
Take some time to revel in the journey you’ve taken this school year. This blog post, What I’ll Miss, from Katherine Sokolowski offers a lovely example.

Recharge.
One way to prime your batteries for next school year is to learn new things! Here are a few options we recommend this summer: the Whole Language Umbrella Institute (St. Louis, MO), the online course Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning, and the Conference on English Leadership Regional Institute (Bowling Green, KY).

Relax.
Take care of you. A recent study from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education showed that “teachers who regularly use stress-reducing strategies increase their abilities to cope with the demands of the career and are positioned to do a better job educating students.”

Read!
We’re pretty sure you’ve got a summer reading list going already, but if not, you should definitely put #nctechat on June 19th on your calendar. The theme is “Books That Changed My Life” and we’re inviting lots of friends to participate.

If you could invite an author to join this conversation, who would you invite?

Tweet your answer to @ncte and don’t forget to tag the authors!

Also, check out Plan Now for Summer Reading, a blog post on the Literacy in Learning Exchange.

This post is reprinted from the NCTE INBOX Newsletter. Don’t currently get Inbox? Nonmembers can use this form to subscribe to receive a monthly issue of INBOX or can join NCTE to receive INBOX each week as part of their membership.

Celebrate Teachers – This Week and Year Round!

TeacherAppreciation2This 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.