By Judy Seltz
Teaching is more than instruction; watching a teacher inspire a class to explore and investigate new ideas is like seeing an artist at work. As a teacher, you are preparing a generation to meet 21st century demands for college, career, and citizenship. Educating the whole child is essential to our students’ success in school and, more important, to building strong communities for the future.
Access to quality learning opens doors for our students that would otherwise be behind lock and key. More than technology, curriculum, or facilities, teachers are the most important factor in student success. That alone makes you the heroes and heroines of our society.
Your hard work, resilience, dedication, and willingness to go above and beyond for your students are remarkable. You work with the most challenging students in the most challenging communities, but you never lose sight of the end goal—making sure that every student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
As a former teacher, I appreciate the challenges you face. As the parent of a high school teacher, I know the commitment of today’s teachers to their students. You are talented, resourceful, and energetic.
To the rest of the education community, let’s not limit the thanks we give to our teachers to Teacher Appreciation Week. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or offer special prizes to let our teachers know they are appreciated. When you’re dropping off your kids, walking past a colleague in the hall, or talking with a friend, remember to say ”thank you.” Take an interest in what they do.
From all of us at ASCD, thank you for your commitment to our students and your continued commitment to the whole child. Not just this week, but throughout the entire year, you are appreciated.