A token of Appreciation for Teachers!!

  - September 6th, 2008 by Shalini Nambiar | Posted in Teachers   20 Comments »
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On this Teacher’s day, when the role of the teacher is recognized as a noble and honorable profession, it is important to remember how easily we affect the lives of our children. I know that a teacher meets a challenge each and everyday in his or her classroom. Please accept this small token of appreciation for your significant contribution to the lives of the children.
The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”

We are heading into an age in which jobs are likely to be invented and made obsolete faster and faster. The chances of today’s college kids working in the same jobs for the same companies for their whole careers are about zero. In such an age, the greatest survival skill you can have is the ability to learn how to learn. The best way to learn how to learn is to love to learn, and the best way to love to learn is to have great teachers who inspire.
And the best way to ensure that we have teachers who inspire their students is if we recognize and reward those who clearly have done so. In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. It is more brickbats than bouquets that come our way — yet we strive to do the best we can. Perhaps we should congratulate each other on doing our job with pride, dedication, sincerity and professionalism.
Every Teacher’s Day, the spotlight is on us. However, the glare should not blind us, nor the applause please us. It is actually a day for introspection, a time for reflection, a day for new resolutions and promises for the coming year.
I owe a lot of what I am and what I have done to wonderful teachers all through my education process. To name but a few would be injustice to others.
Thus let’s honour all the teachers and the greatest gifts for any teacher are words of appreciation. We need to understand the importance of praising teachers and the resulting positive impact on the morale and climate of the school. Encouragement is oxygen for the soul and we have teachers who are asphyxiating because they never hear words of encouragement and praise Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Thus I dedicate this article to all those who are in this noble profession.
Thank you for reaching deep into the courses of the child’s being and seeing a part of his he does not know exists and which others can never see. Thanks for all for the faith in his abilities and his future even when he does not believe. Thanks for sharing a part if your humanity.
It’s a week when a glimpse of a mother and young child walking hand in hand to school can produce a lump in the throat of a passing parent, who knows firsthand how many hopes accompany that walk. Its also a time when a former students thoughts can fill with memories of teachers who made lasting impressions.
If only these and other teachers knew how far-recahing their influence has been. These unwitting gifts prompt an appreciative receipient to ask : What can I give to someone? A word of encouragement, a compliment, a skill, an idea that might open new doors? Thanking others for intangibles they didn’t even know they had given is often impossible but let’s do it.
Shalini Nambiar
Director
Excelsior American School

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September 06 2008 05:01 pm | Teachers

20 Responses to “A token of Appreciation for Teachers!!”

  1. Aditya Says:

    Beautifully assembled thoughts for teachers…It’s very rarely people recognise the tremendous task which a teacher does and appreciation is the key to motivating human beings….Thanks to the author as I felt good since I have been in this profession for past thirteen years and appreciation is the biggest reward …..

  2. sobhana Says:

    The fact is.. in the present world the importance of a good teacher in the making of a good student is not recognized properly. Many of my students say about becoming a doctor or an engineer ar IT specialist, but very few want to become a teacher.This profession is the most underestimated and under paid.No wonder, many of them lack the sincerity they r expected to have. Kudos to Shalini for the write up

  3. james touso Says:

    Cool assembled thoughts for teachers….for students,,teacher is god..

  4. Rajat Agarwal Says:

    @james touso,

    I believe it is quite uncanny and immature to just give any elder or a teacher the designation of God. It is time that we would understand that just being a senior in age or status does NOT cause their every word to be true, as is supposed to be. Barring some intelligent and responsible seniors (not excluding teachers) it gives to the most, a lawful right to overlook their scope of improvement and administrate their students (or juniors).

  5. sujitha Says:

    It is the respect given to the teachers.It is given by the parents.

  6. sujitha Says:

    The fact is.. in the present world the importance of a good teacher in the making of a good student is not recognized properly. Many of my students say about becoming a doctor or an engineer ar IT specialist, but very few want to become a teacher.This profession is the most underestimated and under paid.No wonder, many of them lack the sincerity they r expected to have. Kudos to Shalini for the write up

    I believe it is quite uncanny and immature to just give any elder or a teacher the designation of God. It is time that we would understand that just being a senior in age or status does NOT cause their every word to be true, as is supposed to be. Barring some intelligent and responsible seniors (not excluding teachers) it gives to the most, a lawful right to overlook their scope of improvement and administrate their students (or juniors).

    Beautifully assembled thoughts for teachers…It’s very rarely people recognise the tremendous task which a teacher does and appreciation is the key to motivating human beings….Thanks to the author as I felt good since I have been in this profession for past thirteen years and appreciation is the biggest reward …..

  7. sujitha Says:

    On this Teacher’s day, when the role of the teacher is recognized as a noble and honorable profession, it is important to remember how easily we affect the lives of our children. I know that a teacher meets a challenge each and everyday in his or her classroom. Please accept this small token of appreciation for your significant contribution to the lives of the children.
    The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”
    We are heading into an age in which jobs are likely to be invented and made obsolete faster and faster. The chances of today’s college kids working in the same jobs for the same companies for their whole careers are about zero. In such an age, the greatest survival skill you can have is the ability to learn how to learn. The best way to learn how to learn is to love to learn, and the best way to love to learn is to have great teachers who inspire.
    And the best way to ensure that we have teachers who inspire their students is if we recognize and reward those who clearly have done so. In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. It is more brickbats than bouquets that come our way ? yet we strive to do the best we can. Perhaps we should congratulate each other on doing our job with pride, dedication, sincerity and professionalism.
    Every Teacher’s Day, the spotlight is on us. However, the glare should not blind us, nor the applause please us. It is actually a day for introspection, a time for reflection, a day for new resolutions and promises for the coming year.
    I owe a lot of what I am and what I have done to wonderful teachers all through my education process. To name but a few would be injustice to others.
    Thus let’s honour all the teachers and the greatest gifts for any teacher are words of appreciation. We need to understand the importance of praising teachers and the resulting positive impact on the morale and climate of the school. Encouragement is oxygen for the soul and we have teachers who are asphyxiating because they never hear words of encouragement and praise Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Thus I dedicate this article to all those who are in this noble profession.
    Thank you for reaching deep into the courses of the child’s being and seeing a part of his he does not know exists and which others can never see. Thanks for all for the faith in his abilities and his future even when he does not believe. Thanks for sharing a part if your humanity.
    It’s a week when a glimpse of a mother and young child walking hand in hand to school can produce a lump in the throat of a passing parent, who knows firsthand how many hopes accompany that walk. Its also a time when a former students thoughts can fill with memories of teachers who made lasting impressions.
    If only these and other teachers knew how far-recahing their influence has been. These unwitting gifts prompt an appreciative receipient to ask : What can I give to someone? A word of encouragement, a compliment, a skill, an idea that might open new doors? Thanking others for intangibles they didn’t even know they had given is often impossible but let’s do it.

  8. stevie teever Says:

    God gave the TEACHER a heart slightly bigger than the average human heart.
    For the TEACHER’s heart had to be big enough to love the kid who screams, “I hate this class — it’s boring!”
    And to love the kid who runs out of the classroom at the end of the period without so much as a “goodbye”, let alone a “thank you”.
    And lastly, God gave the TEACHER an abundant supply of HOPE.
    For God knew that the TEACHER would always be hoping.
    Hoping that the kids would someday learn how to spell…
    hoping not to have lunchroom duty…
    hoping that Friday would come…
    hoping for a free day….
    hoping for deliverance.
    When God finished creating the TEACHER, he stepped back and admired the work of his hands.
    And God saw that the TEACHER was good. Very Good!

    And God smiled, for when he looked at the TEACHER, he saw into the future.

    He knew that the future is in the hands of the TEACHERS.

    And because God loves Teachers so much, on the 9th day God created “Snow Days.”

  9. kamagra Says:

    well said stevie…

  10. green laser pointer Says:

    Eencouragement is much better than punishment.

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  12. how to be a ninja Says:

    good teachers are so important for the children to grow up and be productive, well adjusted members of society. i truly believe that the better the quality of teachers in a country and culture, teachers being used in the broadest sense of the word.. the higher the quality of the moral integrity of the people.

  13. kerrylee2004 Says:

    ehmm, looks an interesting story and wishes for all teachers.

  14. laser pointer Says:

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    It is really very good story. best wishes to all the teachers, and they are the people we should pay high appreciation.

  16. Susan Says:

    best regards to all the teachers worldwide. the role of the teacher is recognized as a noble and honorable profession, we shoud pay high appreciation to teachers.

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