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Tips for Reconnecting With Your Teachers This Teacher’s Day

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Teacher’s Day 2021: Overview

Teachers are the closest thing to superheroes on the face of the world. World Teacher’s Day has been celebrated every year on 5 October since 1994 to commemorate all teachers worldwide. The day marks the anniversary of adopting the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The recommendations set benchmarks about the rights and responsibilities of teachers. Setting parameters for standards regarding initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment and teaching and learning conditions.

Similarly, the Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to supplement the 1966 Recommendations.

Every year, the theme of the WTD is changed to match the evolving realities. For example, the 2020 theme was “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future.”

“The World Teacher’s Day 2021 emphasises supporting the teachers to contribute to the recovery of education after enduring more than one and a half years of COVID-19 crisis. The theme of the day will be “Teachers at the heart of education recovery.”

A series of global and regional activities will be spread over five days to showcase the effects of the pandemic on the teaching profession, emphasising effective and propitious policy responses. At the same time, they are working on the steps for the teaching personnel to evolve and develop their full potential.

UNESCO/ILO Standards

The 1966 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/ILO Recommendations instrument sets the standards for the status and situations of teachers worldwide. The outlined standards are:

  • Education personnel policy
  • Recruitment
  • Initial training
  • Continuing education of teachers
  • Teachers’ employment
  • Teachers’ working conditions

How to celebrate this Teacher’s Day

Each year on World Teacher’s Day focuses on “assessing, appreciating, and improving the educators of the world.” The day offers an opportunity to consider issues of the teachers and teaching. It is a perfect opportunity for everyone, from administrators to parents, and students to appreciate teachers and show their contributions to the classrooms and communities.

Schools and colleges worldwide closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and facing the most challenging teaching conditions. The World Teacher’s Day 2021 will highlight the exceptional job every day regardless of the educational institution closure and shift towards the virtual medium of teaching.

To tackle the isolation and sense of loneliness, teachers have even come up with innovative ways to engage students via live classes, YouTube, and virtual assembly to keep the students engaged.

Quotes for Teacher’s Day

  • “Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.” – Aristotle.
  • “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein.
  • “Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.” – Unknown.
  • “The mediocre teacher tells. A good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward.
  • “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instil a love of learning.” – Brad Henry.
  • “Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher.” – Maggie Gallagher.
  • “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
  • “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” – Solomon Ortiz.
  • “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams.
  • “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” – Charles Kuralt.
  • “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the Earth.” – Helen Caldicott.

Ideas to Celebrate Teacher’s Day

Write a Thank You Card

Your little effort to make or buy a “Thank You” card for your teacher can make their day. You can either make a little effort to draw a card or write an appreciative message for your teacher. If you’re unsure what to write, you can think about a time your teacher supported you and helped you learn something difficult.

Give your teacher a complement to a kind and appreciable characteristic that helps you learn and grow. It can be something like a rhyme for helping you memorise the periodic table or 50 states.

Provide Better Tools

In today’s fast-paced world with high-tech gadgets and evolving realities. There are always new tools and supplies that supplement the teaching processes and make them more effective. The administration can show their support on World Teacher’s Day by securing funding for tools like laptops and modern tools for teaching.

If that’s not possible, small improvements can go a long way towards a better teaching environment. New pencils, notebooks, and scissors, or an air conditioner can be an act of kindness from you.

Plan a Surprise Party

Students and parents can plan a surprise for their beloved teachers. Whether it’s a classroom party or an outside gathering at your teacher’s favourite coffee spot, adding a little thought to the arrangement can brighten your teacher’s day. That can replenish the teachers resolve to take care of and support you throughout your studies.

Give Them a Shout-Out on Social Media

Suppose you’re away from the teachers that played an important role in your life. You can still celebrate and show support to your teachers with shout-outs on social media. Use Twitter or Facebook to showcase how essential were your teachers in shaping your life on the coming #WorldTeachersDay2021. Make a video message and post it on your teacher’s timeline or tag them.

However, if your teacher is “old school,” you can always call your teachers’ from anywhere. Sending a personal message is a great way to show your teacher that you care for them, and they had a great impact on your life.

Song’s For Teacher’s Day

Songs or poems can also be a great way to thank teachers for their love and dedication. Songs can show your love and appreciation for your teachers.

Best Gift Choices for Teacher’s Day

Expressing your love for the superheroes that shaped your life and moulded you to face the realities of life with a little gift can go a long way.

A Good Book

Probably the most beautiful and fitting gift for a teacher would be a book from the author they love or follow. Either your teacher introduced you to an author or referred to a story from a book they loved. You can buy a signed edition or a new release from the author to make your teacher feel cared for.

Gift Cards

Another gift commonly favoured by teachers is gift cards, particularly for places nearby or vouchers to the local spa or gym membership voucher. So, they can enjoy some quality time off-campus. Thereby, you can also think of coffee shops, movie vouchers, or restaurant gift cards allowing teachers to have a good time with their families.

A Signature or Flair Pens

Teachers spend a huge amount of time grading assignments, writing stuff or making schedules. So, giving them something they can use in the process will be a great gift. Signature pens can be a statement of love from your side, while flair pens are the best for having different colours to mark assignments or papers.

Decoration or Plaque for the Classroom

Teachers are closely attached to their classrooms. And making a DIY decoration gift with a personalised touch for your teacher can make a straight path to your teacher’s heart.

Handwritten Letter or Card

The best gift a student can give to his beloved teacher could be a handwritten letter or card. A teacher loves to see the progress and growth of a pupil, and a handwritten letter will be a treasure for them. Other objects like gift cards, decorations, pens, or mugs get used and donated. The real gratification and affirmation come from knowing their effort and determination has made a difference in the lives of their students will stay forever with the teacher.

Reconnect to Say Thank You

If you try to remember your favourite teacher from school, likely, you won’t recall the subject matter. Instead, you’ll recall how they made you feel – valued while you learned with a sense of excitement and safety to make mistakes and take chances. Similarly, research indicates that a caring relationship (of student’s) with their teacher has a greater impact on the overall educational experience.

Students having a caring relationship with teachers are academically more successful with kind and helpful behaviour. A compassionate teacher can transform the student’s school experience, particularly for students facing dropping out or dysfunctional home lives.

Sometimes we all forget the impact of teachers in our lives. You need to reflect upon the influence your teachers have in shaping your personality and thoughts. Thank your teachers, show them how teachers are changing millions of lives across the world. Call your teachers on the next Teachers Day UK or leave them a message to celebrate the good memories.

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