11 May

National Teacher Appreciation Week

The weeks pass and we maintain our relentless pace. We are now up against the Year 11 exam season having just completed our Year 9 ILEs. I know we wouldn’t want it any other way and it’s important that we all recognise that we need to continue to maintain our drive, for and with our children, to ensure that they can be successful.

During this exam period it is worth reflecting on those of the things that make for a successful young adult. Here at Oakwood we can and do frame those attributes within the 5Rs and they don’t need revisiting here. However it is occasionally useful to remind ourselves that we are preparing our children for the world beyond our gates; be that at 3:10 or the weekend, for post-16 and college and work and then, for some, university.

Our awards evening and ‘Creative Sparkle’ events have been terrifically well received this week. Many, many members of staff and pupils have contributed to those two fantastic events. It has been wonderful to celebrate with the children where there has been progress and attainment. More than that, it has been terrific to be able to acknowledge success wherever it has been observed and in whatever form. Thursday evening was an extremely enjoyable evening for all the staff, pupils and parents involved.

What is absolutely clear is that there are great swathes of our pupil population who work really hard every day, want to get it right, want to be successful and want to work with us, rather than against us. It does work both ways. We take time to reflect upon what we need to do in support of our children. Just occasionally our children or the general public take time to reflect upon what teachers do for our children and our communities.

I’m guessing that this may well have passed you by but this week is set as National Teacher Appreciation Week, which includes the day known as also known as National Teacher Day. Unfortunately here in the UK we don’t make this a national event or set aside the week (although maybe Monday as bank holiday could be labelled as such in the future) but in the USA this is an important week.

The day is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year. The National Education Association (of USA) describes National Teacher Day “as a day for honouring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.

” It goes on …”Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country. They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction. We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis.”

Interesting bits...
“It is time to say “Thank You” to the exceptional teachers that you know. Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do.
” Political and educational leaders began discussions for a day to honour teachers in 1944. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

There are some things that we may not like about the States but it seems to me they’ve got that bit right. Teachers might say that it’s just nice to be appreciated once in a while.

‘Teacher appreciation makes the world of education go around.’ Helen Peters