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Teacher Appreciation Week – Celebrating our amazing teachers

Zoni's amazing English teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers have a huge impact on our lives. In the United States if you go to school from PreK until 12th Grade (and attended most days), you would have spent approximately 16,380 hours in class by the time you graduate. That is a lot of time spent with your teachers. Teaching - although very rewarding and often fun – is hard work. Teachers not only teach us specific subjects; they also teach us about the world around us and help us to learn life skills to make sure we are successful once school is done. It is because of this tremendous responsibility and dedication, that one week a year we take the opportunity to say “thank you” to our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

How Teacher Appreciation Week Began

Teacher Appreciation Week is held each year during the first full week of May. On the Tuesday of this week, we also celebrate National Teacher Day. According to the National Education Association (NEA) this day is "a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives".

No one is quite sure exactly how National Teacher Day began. In around 1944 a teacher named Mattye Whyte Woodridge began writing letters to political and education leaders asking them for a national day to honor teachers. Eventually, Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt (Former First Lady of the United States and the US delegate to the United Nations). In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt convinced Congress to establish a national day for teachers.

Although Congress had agreed to a teachers’ day, no date had been chosen. This meant that until everyone agreed, there was so no actual Teachers’ Day. After lots of pressure by the NEA and its affiliates, Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day. However, the catch was that it was only for that year.

Regardless, the NEA and many other teachers’ associations continued to celebrate National Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March even though it was no longer an official holiday. Thankfully, in 1985 the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week in May. As a result, National Teacher Day was then officially moved into this week.

Now Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated all over the United States. Many restaurants offer teachers heavily discounted or even free meals during this week, and they can also take advantage of many other special offers during this time.

What should I do for my teacher?

Well, you should probably make an effort to thank your teacher after class or tell them that you have enjoyed their lesson every day of the year! Just like you and me, teaches love being told that they are doing a great job! If you want to do something special for your teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week or on Teachers’ Day, here are a few ideas. You don’t need to spend a lot to bring a smile to your teacher’s face!

  1. How about a nice card or writing them a letter in your best English? This is a good way to show your teacher what you have learned and to give them your heartfelt thanks.
  2. Does your teacher have a sweet tooth? How about some cookies or cupcakes? You could even make them yourself!
  3. Why not give your teacher a traditional gift, and get them the crispiest, shiniest, most delicious looking apple you can find?
  4. Or if you want to spend a little more, a voucher for Amazon or their favorite coffee place is always a nice idea.
  5. If you are strapped for cash but still want to make your teacher feel loved? Simply tell them how great they are and that they mean a lot to you! The point is to make your teacher feel special and to let them know that you are grateful for everything they do.

Activities at Zoni

Teacher Appreciation Week is a big deal at Zoni Language Centers. We make sure that each and every one of our teachers knows that they are appreciated and that they are doing an amazing job. This year, on Thursday May 09, Zoni students are encouraged to wear their brightest clothes to school. The wearing of brightly colored clothes symbolizes the ways in which teachers make our futures brighter! Are you a Zoni student? Then make sure you wear something bright this Thursday and show your teacher how much you appreciate them!

Photos of the celebrations will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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