Teacher Appreciation Week

Published Saturday, April 9, 2011 by Katie

“If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.”
–Donald Quinn

Teacher Appreciation Week is from May 2-6. Teachers have such a big influence on our lives; I, as a student, can honestly say that I would have vastly different interests if not for a few certain inspirational teachers. Yet, students rarely express gratitude towards their teachers—that is, unless that teacher is writing recommendations for college, or something of the like. As such, “teacher appreciation” is usually seen as “kissing up” to a particular teacher, placing a slight taboo on showing gratitude and making open expressions of thankfulness rare.

A teacher loves when students acknowledge his or her efforts. However, as one teacher explains, “because teacher appreciation is so seldom expressed, many teachers feel sad and frustrated about how few of their students actually like them.” So, as Teacher Appreciation Week approaches, think about what you can do to show your gratitude. Write thank you notes.  Express your thankfulness after class. Make a conscious effort to participate more. Certainly, do something for the wonderful and sacrificing people who are our teachers.

Finally, I would like to leave you with a joke:
It was the final examination for an introductory English course at the local university. Like many such freshman courses, it was designed to weed out new students, having over 700 students in the class! The examination was two hours long, and exam booklets were provided. The professor was very strict and told the class that any exam that was not on his desk in exactly two hours would not be accepted and the student would fail. 1/2 hour into the exam, a student came rushing in and asked the professor for an exam booklet. “You’re not going to have time to finish this,” the professor stated sarcastically as he handed the student a booklet. “Yes I will,” replied the student. He then took a seat and began writing. After two hours, the professor called for the exams, and the students filed up and handed them in. All except the late student, who continued writing. 1/2 hour later, the last student came up to the professor who was sitting at his desk preparing for his next class. He attempted to put his exam on the stack of exam booklets already there. “No you don’t, I’m not going to accept that. It’s late.” The student looked incredulous and angry. “Do you know WHO I am?” “No, as a matter of fact I don’t,” replied the professor with an air of sarcasm in his voice. “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” the student asked again. “No, and I don’t care.” replied the professor with an air of superiority. “Good,” replied the student, who quickly lifted the stack of completed exams, stuffed his in the middle, and walked out of the room.

Citations:

“Teacher and Student Jokes.” Teacher Appreciation. Internet Advantage, n.d. Web.
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“Teacher Appreciation Quotes.” Teacher Appreciation. Internet Advantage, n.d. Web.
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“Let Your Teacher Know!” Teacher Appreciation. Internet Advantage, n.d. Web.
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