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May 2, 2015
This Week: Gifts for Teachers, Complex Texts & Advice for New Teachers
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This video is sure to put a smile on your face, and on the faces of hard-working colleagues throughout Teacher Appreciation Week. How would you finish this sentence, “Teachers are…?”
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After one of Pat Wasley’s recent trips, she was left with a feeling of hope about what this country can accomplish with the dedicated work of our teachers.
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Every day next week we’re inviting you to come to Twitter and answer these prompts. We can’t wait to read your six-word memoirs on Wednesday, haikus on Thursday, and see your photos on Friday!
Sarah's Notes

In the past, I’ve used Teacher Appreciation Week to pay tribute to the wonderful community of teachers who have made those indelible marks on me. Yet, this year, there are three young people who have lived teacher appreciation, but may not understand what it means. This is an excerpt from a letter I’ve written to my children, Evan, Lauren and Zachary.

Dear Evan, Lauren and Zachary,

Many (many) years ago, there was this little girl who spent her summer afternoons creating neighborhood schools for all of the children on her block. She mimicked what school looked like to her: rows of desks, questions and answers, praise and encouragement from the teacher, stickers and stars on the top of “assignments.” She imagined what it would be like to free an idea in someone else’s mind. She was crestfallen when the game of tag pulled her “students” away all too early in the afternoon. She would wake up early and try to think about how to make learning fun. She wondered what would happen if “the class” sat in a circle instead of rows.

What I want you to know is that there are things in this world that you will choose, and there are things in this world that will choose you. That little girl was meant to be a teacher. Although it would take her years to recognize it, that vocation chose your mom, and that meant you would, by default, know the life of teacher.

Continue reading this letter here.
Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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