Happy World Teachers Day

Happy World Teachers Day

Posted on October 5 by Kyle in News
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Recently, it seems like we celebrate everything – national black cat day, national coffee day, and national book lovers’ day to name a few (check out www.daysoftheyear.com for more obscure observances). On October 5th, we’re celebrating World Teachers’ Day – an important global observance created by UNESCO to celebrate the role teachers play in providing quality education.

"...TEACHERS ARE HELPING SHAPE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF GLOBAL CITIZENS, INSTILLING IN THEM A LIFELONG LOVE FOR LEARNING."

Before I decided to venture into the exciting world of publishing, I was a teacher for two-and-a-half years. Cue the surprised looks and questions: “Why would you ever leave a better paying, more secure job with tons of holidays AND summers off?”, or “Don’t you wish you still had the summers off?”, or “Aren’t you going to regret missing out on that pension?”. The honest answer is that as much as I loved children (something I often debated during my time as a teacher), or having the summers off, I loved myself more. In order to be a good teacher, you need to pour an insane amount of yourself into your job because you first and foremost need to care – about the students, their learning, their individualized education plans, their different learning styles, their emotional and mental health, their home issues, their friendship issues, their parents’ concerns, meeting the curriculum requirements … okay, I think I’ve made my point. Most days, I found myself completely exhausted, physically but mainly emotionally – which is considerably more draining in my opinion. Teaching is an incredibly selfless profession. And not to mention the enormous responsibilities that come with the job. After all, teachers are helping shape future generations of global citizens, instilling in them a lifelong love for learning.

Unfortunately, we live in a time when my fellow BEd. colleagues, who are the kind of teachers who still care and try their hardest to make a positive impact, have an incredibly hard time finding a permanent position. Most of them keep getting surplused. For some, this has been happening for as long as seven years! After they get a taste of their dream job for about two weeks, they get bumped out by other teachers who have more seniority. They end up having to play the whole "new teacher game” each year or semester all over again and trust me, that is not a fun game. Or they end up having to supply, an endeavor which sounds alright at first (no planning, no marking, etc.), but most of the time ends up being literal hell on earth.

"I GUARANTEE EVEN A SHORT EMAIL, NOTE, OR FACE-TO-FACE “THANK YOU” WILL MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE IT’S ALL BEEN WORTH IT."

From a student’s perspective, I can still fondly remember my high school law teacher who singlehandedly influenced my decision to choose criminology as my major in university. Or my grade 5 ESL teacher, whose support and encouragement gave me the confidence to give a speech about Dracula in front of the entire school after having just arrived to Canada. Although I’ve had some “bad” ones, it’s the good teachers, the ones who had a contagious passion about what they taught, the ones who set high expectations for me and supported me to meet those expectations, whom I truly remember and cherish. The ones who cared.

So what better time to reach out to that teacher who made a special or memorable contribution to your education than on World Teachers’ Day? I guarantee even a short email, note, or face-to-face “thank you” will make them feel like it’s all been worth it. On a larger scale, and to truly celebrate the profession, lets generate awareness about teacher issues and ensure that respect for teachers is part of the natural order of things. I hope this blog post has inspired you to reach out, appreciate, discuss, learn, and share.

We’d love it if you shared some of your experiences with teachers or as teachers over on Twitter or Facebook @dundurnpress!

 

Irina