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Celebrate The Teachers In Your Lives

May 07, 13 Celebrate The Teachers In Your Lives

According to the Holiday Insights website, the first Tuesday of the first full week in May is always National Teacher Appreciation Day (sometimes called National Teachers Day). This year, that means that Tuesday, May 7, 2013, is the day to celebrate the teachers in your life. From kindergarten teachers to college professors, today is a specific day to appreciate their work. Whether that is because you are a student or maybe you are married to or otherwise related to a teacher or even a friend to one, today is the day that you should take time to celebrate their commitment to a profession that is crucial for the advancement of society and knowledge.

The National Education Association (NEA) website explains the history of National Teacher Day:

“The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.”

Obviously, this day has special importance to me since I am an English professor. More importantly, though, I come from a long line of teachers on both sides of my family. I have aunts and uncles and cousins who have taught from kindergarten through to high school. I have relatives who teach at technical institutes and on college campuses. Teaching is one of the oldest traditions my family has. Many of my family members who are not traditional teachers are teachers in their own rights or at least trainers, who are just teachers after all.

Teaching deserves daily recognition, of course, but sometimes we need a day set aside to remind ourselves to appreciate those who have taught us, are teaching us, or will soon teach us. Teaching is a profession that people should pursue out of a love for their subject and for helping others connect to and learn about that subject. Teaching is a commitment to others. Today is a day to recognize and appreciate that.

The National Education Association website further provides several ideas on how to celebrate teachers today. One such example is to change our Facebook pics with an image from NEA’s website page. They also suggest posting an update thanking specific teachers from our lives. If Facebook isn’t your thing, then tweet about your favorite prof. Or maybe just blog about teachers and learning in general. And if you’re related to a teacher, take time today to hug, kiss, and thank them. Without teachers, life would be decidedly more difficult. Learning would take longer, be more frustrating, and be more an individual experience as opposed to a society one. Teachers commit their careers to helping others reach their goals and learn about the past, present, and future.

Teachers do more than just provide us the path to knowledge. They become our counselors, mentors, friends, and family. They help us find our passions while also providing protection and love.

Today, I will be thanking all the teachers I know. Hopefully, so will you.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous /

    Let us also thank the teacher of the teachers. Here are the first five verses of the Qur’an that were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): http://quran.com/96/1-5

  2. Anonymous /

    INDEED, MAY PEACE BE UPON HIM,AND ALL THE DEPARTED AS WELL. I WOULD TAKE ISSUE WITH THE CLAIM THAT HE WAS THE GREATEST TEACCHER OF ALL TIME. FIRST HE NEVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD. SECOND HE PERFORMED NO MIRACLES. THIRD, HE DID NOT RISE FROM THE DEAD. THERE WAS ONLY ONE WHO DID THESE THINGS AND WE ALL KNOW WHO THAT WAS.
    COLIN(ROMANIA)

  3. Anonymous /

    Thank you for that comment Colin. The teacher I was referring to was God – not Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

    Prophet Muhammad did perform miracles and this is well-recorded in the historical records of that time. Yes, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not rise from the dead. Neither did Noah, but we still believe in him as a great Prophet. Prophet Muhammad claimed to be the Messenger of God sent to the whole of humanity for the rest of time until the Day of Judgement. We believe in Jesus as a great Prophet of God, but not God Himself. Jesus did not claim to be God either. Prophet Jesus called people to worship the One God just as Prophet Muhammad called people to worship the One God.

    “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” – Mark 12:29
    “Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One” [Qur'an 112:1]

    Allah is the Arabic word for the One God.

    Peace be unto you.

  4. Anonymous /

    DEAR NAYEF,
    GREETINGS FROM ROMANIA AND THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING MY REPLY.. JESUS CHRIST IS EITHER GOD OR THE GREATEST CON- MAN OF ALL TIME. HE CLAIMED TO BE GOD MANY TIMES. EXAMPLES ARE:- ”I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE”. ”BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS I AM” THIS IS WHY THE JEWS WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN HIS CRUCIFICTION. HE WAS CONDEMNED TO DEATH FOR BLASPHEMY. ANOTHER REASON WHY THE JEWS HATED HIM WAS DUE TO THEIR FALSE IDEA OF THE MESSIAH. BY THE TIME OF OUR LORD’S BIRTH, PALESTINE WAS OCCUPIED BY THE ROMANS. OVER THE YEARS, THEY CAME TO PERCEIVE THE MESSIAH AS SOME KIND OF FREEDOM FIGHTER, AND WHEN OUR LORD REFUSED TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS, THEY REJECTED HIM.
    FINALLY, THE MAIN REASON WHY I AM A CATHOLIC IS THAT THOSE WHO SAW HIM AFTER HIS RESURRECTION ALL GAVE THEIR LIVES WITHOUT HESITATION. AND THEY COULD HAVE SAVED THEMSELVES BY SIMPLY RENOUNCING HIM. I KNOW THAT IF I THOUGHT THAT A PERSON WAS A FRAUD I WOULD NOT ALLOW MYSELF TO BE BOILED IN OIL, TORN TO PIECES BY WILD BEASTS, OR CRUCIFIED UPSIDE DOWN AS WAS ST. PETER, THE FIRST POPE AND BISHOP OF ROME. HARDLY A CATALOGUE OF PERKS.
    BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOURS.
    COLIN(A MAD IRISHMAN NOW LIVING IN ROMANIA).

  5. Anonymous /

    Brother, God does not beat around the bush when it comes to who is God or who is suppose to be worshiped. Allah is crystal-clear throughout the Qur’an about worshiping Him only and to avoid worshiping other Gods. Allah says explicitly in the Qur’an many times, “Do not associate partners (false gods) with me.” Allah says explicitly in the Qur’an, “Allah, There is no God but He”. If you can find me one place in the entire Bible where Jesus says explicitly, “I am God” or where he says, “Worship me”, I will become a Christian today.

    If you insist on using these verses to justify your worship of Jesus, then I can easily show you that they do not imply that Jesus is God.

    The followers of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were willing to give their lives for his sake. Some even boiled in oil as well. One man who was in charge of holding up the banner of the Muslims during a battle had his arms torn off, but he still he held on to it. So yes, these are legitimate sacrifices because Jesus is a Prophet of God and his followers knew that his message was true so they were willing to die for it.

    Believing in Prophet Muhammad does not mean that you disbelieve in Jesus. It is a tenet of our faith to believe in Jesus as one of the Prophets of God. However, he never claimed to be God and this idea that Jesus is God was developed in the centuries after his ascension to heaven. Yes, we believe Jesus is the Messiah and that the Jews who rejected him committed serious wrongdoing.

    Peace be unto you,
    Nayef

  6. Gentlemen,

    While we appreciate the civil discourse on our website, we would ask that you take your religion discussion offline or into private messages.

  7. Anonymous /

    DEAR NAYEF,
    MANY THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY. I WILL ANSWER IT, BUT NOT NOW BECAUSE I AM PREPARING TO VISIT MY ONLY SURVIVING RELATIVE IN THE IRISH REPUBLIC.
    PLEASE TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN. ARE YOU A STUDENT. I AM A SEMI-RETIRED MATHS AND STATS TEACHER NOW LIVING IN ROMANIA. I DO A LITTLE PRIVATE TUITION IN OUR HOME. REGARDS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY——COLIN

  8. Anonymous /

    DEAR NAYEF,
    I AM BACK FROM IRELAND; I BSAW A FEW OF MY SURVIVING SCHOOLMATES AND HAD A GREAT TIME. NAYEF, IF YOU WAND ANY HELP WITH YOUR STUDIES, I WOULD GLADLY ASSIST YOU, IT IS AMAZING WHAT WE CAN DO VIA THE COMPUTER.
    MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS:- cgatkinson9@yahoo.com
    BEST REGARDS TO YOU AND YOURS,
    COLIN

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