Teacher Appreciation Week


Next Monday, 6 May 2024

Teachers' Appreciation Week would be observed from May 6th to May 10th, 2024

Teachers' Appreciation Week is celebrated annually during the first week of May, and it is an extra week dedicated especially to celebrating teachers. 

It is more than just a gesture of appreciation, it is a tribute to the impact teachers leave on individuals, communities, and society as a whole. 

Teachers hold significant significance in shaping the young minds by imparting them with knowledge and life skills that will aid them in their growth throughout their lives. 

They act as educators as well as mentors, counselors, and role models. Teachers Appreciation Week is a chance to show gratitude for their valuable work.

Students Inside a Classroom

When did Teacher's Appreciation Week Start

Eleanor Roosevelt played a role in convincing Congress in 1953 to have a special time to express gratitude for teachers and for their hard work.

Teachers' Appreciation Week officially started after the meeting with Congress, but it wasn't until 1980 that it became an official national holiday.

Initially it was celebrated in March, but it got moved to the first full week of May in 1984. 

History of Teaching

The history of teaching dates back centuries and has developed with human societies. The foundation of teaching was laid by ancient teachers such as Confucius and other Greek educators. 

Education began informally at first, with older members teaching the younger members in families and in small groups.

In ancient civilizations such as Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Rome, specialized teachers imparted their knowledge in different subjects like literature, mathematics, philosophy, and language. 

These teachers also worked within religious or governmental institutions, frequently educating the elite or training people for specific roles. 

During the Middle Ages, education was mainly limited to monasteries and religious establishments, and had scholars and monks as teachers who shared their knowledge through manuscripts. 

In colonial America, informal education continued until the establishment of public and grammar schools. Significant changes dawned upon America in the 1800s, when high schools and teacher certification exams became mandatory. 

In the 15th century, when the printing press was invented, distribution of knowledge became more widespread. This contributed greatly to the democratization of education along with The Enlightenment emphasizing education for all, critical thinking, and inquiry. 

The Industrial Revolution in the 19th century made education a basic necessity for the growing workforce and economic development. 

Horace Mann and Henry Barnard improved school systems in the 1840s, and in the 20th century, teaching became a more desirable profession, with the National Teachers Association advocating for teachers' rights.

In the 20th century, education was greatly influenced by progress in teaching methods, improved schooling, and technological advancements. Educational theories were shaped by influential figures including John Dewey, Maria Montessori, and Lev Vygotsky.

Today, technology and initiatives such as “No Child Left Behind” enable teachers to adapt to diverse student needs. Overcrowding and limited funding remain challenges, but teaching continues to grow in response to the demands of a complex world.

How to Celebrate Teachers' Appreciation Week

Teachers come across several challenges and obstacles in their daily lives, be it changes in curriculum or addressing different student needs. This special week helps us remember the importance of recognizing their hard work, commitment, efforts, and their contributions.  

During the Teachers' Appreciation Week, you can express your gratitude to teachers in many heartwarming ways. 

Students, and everyone else, can make thank-you cards, notes, or letters showing their appreciation. 

Schools and universities can host special assemblies or themed events to make this day even more special. 

Teachers can find joy through shared meals and thoughtful gestures like supplies, gift cards, or flowers. By creating a culture of support and genuine appreciation, we recognize their remarkable contributions year-round.

Five Fun Facts About The History Of Teaching

  • The first and oldest teacher in the world is believed to Confucius who worked as a private tutor of history. He supposedly put an end to the exclusivity of education reserved only for the elites. 

Concrete Statue of Confucius

  • The oldest existing school, Shishi High School in Chengdu, China, dates back to 143–141 BCE, constructed on orders of a Han dynasty governor using stone around 140 years before the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • The first recorded school was established by Plato in Athens, Greece, in 387 BCE, functioning as an academy.
  • Sumerians and Egyptians set up schools around 3000 BCE to teach reading and writing systems.
  • Philosophy is one of the oldest subjects of the world which has now existed for over 1000 years. 

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