Today and everyday...we honor our dedicated, hard working teachers. National Teacher Day is a special day to show appreciation for my niece Danielle (pictured above front - left) with other 5th grade teachers at Antioch Middle School in Antioch, TN.
Many teachers go above and beyond for their students. They play a critical role in educating and shaping our children.
The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”
Today is the perfect day to say “thank you” to the special teachers that you know. Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do.
Today is also National Two Different Colored Shoes Day! For 364 days a year, most average people wear matching footwear, because that’s just what you’re supposed to do, not on this day! Dr. Arlene Kaiser created National Two Different Colored Shoes Day to recognize and celebrate human diversity. By wearing two different colored shoes, you can demonstrate your individuality and appreciation for unique people in life. So if you lost one shoe of your favorite pair, today is the perfect day to embrace the one you still have left! If anyone gives you grief, just tell ‘em happy National Two Different Colored Shoes Day!
Some interesting stats about teachers:
- 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 1980's.
- In 2009, there were 7.2-million teachers in the United States. Almost 3-million taught at the elementary and middle school levels. The rest taught at the post secondary, secondary, preschool, and kindergarten levels; in special education; and as other teachers and instructors.
- Maria Montessori was a famous Italian medical doctor and education reformer who invented the still popular Montessori method. She argued that teachers needed to respect a child’s independence and his or her unique path of psychological development, and that teachers ought to give students freedom to work with hands-on projects. In short, she advocated a “discovery” model of truth over a traditional “instructional” model.
- In colonial times and into the early decades of the 19th century, most teachers were men. From the 1820's to 1830's, as more public schools (called Common Schools) were built and more men were siphoned off by more prestigious professions, women began to take over the schoolroom. The feminization of teaching not only change how society perceived women, but how women perceived themselves.
- In the modern era, the number of males entering the teaching profession has grown by 26%. The number of women entering teaching has increased at over twice that rate. If the trend continues, researchers conclude that soon 8 out of 10 teachers in America will be female.
- A recent survey of teachers revealed that they have enough mugs, frames, and stuffed animals. They appreciate a gift card to places like Staples or Starbucks—or, even better, a thank you note.