“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.” ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping children’s lives: the future leaders of countries all over the world. While there can be teachers that are notably not so good, good teachers are generally kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold children’s lives in a positive direction. Many people entrust their children to the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis. That’s why there’s such a day called Teacher Appreciation Day. Read more to learn about how Teacher Appreciation Day came to be and how you can celebrate it.

History of Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation has a long history in the United States. Political and educational leaders began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week Teacher Day.

Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year. The National Education Association describes Teacher Day “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” The NEA yearly hosts contests for students and adults in thanking the teachers that have inspired them to be the best person they can be.

How to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day

If you’re looking for a great way to appreciate your favorite teacher, then take part in the NEA “thank you” video contest. You create a simple video of you saying thank you to your teacher, explain why they have inspired you, and post it either on your social media or through the NEA main website and use the hashtag #teacherappreciationday to let everyone know what day it is today. If you want, get in contact with your favorite teacher through social media and have a chat with them, see how they’re doing, and do them the kindness of thanking them personally.

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Dates
Tuesday of first full week in May
8th May, 2018
Hashtag
#TeacherAppreciationDay