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Do we need a Teacher Appreciation Week?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, May 9, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    This week, teachers in the US are being thanked for their hard work and commitment to education. In some communities teachers are lauded as heroes, but could the idea of a Teacher Appreciation Week work here?

    ‘Since the mid-1980s, in the first week in May school communities in the US have given thanks and gifts to teachers in recognition of their work.

    …Teachers are bought gifts, offered thank-you tweets, and these days can also benefit from a range of discounts.

    Last night the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team presented community hero awards to three Californian teachers before their victory over the Atlanta Braves.

    It is one thing for a society to say that teachers matter but putting them on the same stage as sporting heroes in front of crowds of tens of thousands is a powerful way to get that message across.’


    https://www.tes.com/news/do-we-need-our-own-teacher-appreciation-week
     
  2. Jamvic

    Jamvic Senior commenter

    :D My first belly laugh this week. Thanks @TES_Rosaline
     
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  3. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

  4. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    How about a Teacher Appreciation Decade, plus backdated lost pension payments (plus interest, cheers Gove) - for the past ten years that many of us have spent excluded from a system we paid into and bought into? Yet were kicked out of, mainly, it seems, because we were not 21 anymore? What a joke teaching now is,
     
  5. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

  6. WB

    WB Occasional commenter

    I would hate the idea.

    I enjoy getting s genuine thank you from a parent but a Teacher Week would be awful.

    An American idea that I hope stays in America.
     
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  7. stonerose

    stonerose Occasional commenter

    If it happened here, I would be ducking down low sure that another vindictive govt. initiative was winging it malicious way towards me.
     
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  8. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

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  9. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Why? I mean, it’s not as if teachers are charity volunteers, they are public service professionals along with millions of others.

    Anyway, who really wants to, can thank a teacher anytime.
     
  10. fraisier

    fraisier Occasional commenter

    Having a Teaching/Education Appreciation Week would be a good start.

    Quite, but unfortunately increasing sections of the general public are thinking along those "charity workers" lines, thanks in part to people like Lucy Kellaway and her NowTeach charity, whose "participants" have the knack to frame their entering the profession (often to quit a few years later after being hit by the reality of the job, or going PT as they can't hack it FT; or dropping the teaching of a STEM subject AND going PT as Kellaway did after only one year) in a "I'd like to give something back" way. Laughable.
     
  11. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    No. We should be appreciated everyday as a matter of course!
     
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  12. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    In the same category for me as saying all NHS employees are heroes. No they're not.
     
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  13. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Well to be fair, all the doctors who helped me were. Big time.
     
  14. Piscean1

    Piscean1 Senior commenter

    We don't need a specific week. How commercialised! It's like Valentine's Day... Nice and inoffensive enough but pointless if you don't also demonstrate your love year round.

    Just a general respect for the profession from the government and decent working conditions would do me. I'd feel more than appreciated if that were the case.
     
  15. drek

    drek Lead commenter

    No because it would add to my workload. Thanks to shortages some of us don’t get our 10 percent PPA with the excuse that it will even up over the year......
    Never mind that we are at risk of getting a stroke during the ‘heavy weeks’!
    So a school leader will decide that in a 24 hour teaching week ALL staff must fill in a 30 question survey probably more with useless sub categories decided at their last ‘meeting’....on how appreciated they feel and how much SLT have done to ensure that.....no no and again no.
     
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  16. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    @drek Very true and then this would no doubt be followed by frequent formal and observations and learning walks with ebis about how to reduce or increase our level of how appreciated we will depending upon what the observer seems it to be. It would no doubt also be included as an annual appraisal target which triggers even more frequent observation and learning walks until we give ‘the right answer’. Our new target will then be to nominate our managers as Leaders of the year and highly pqraise their high quality of teacher appreciation when inspectors and visitors appear, so that leaders can boast about it throughout the college/school building and on social media as a means of attracting new students. Failure to do so will trigger an appraisal grade of inadequate or not met. Hence, we then trigger more observations until we give ‘the right answer’. Personally, I prefer thank yous and good ‘feedback’ from students.
     
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  17. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    OMG you are so right...I predict that the noun 'appreciation' will, soon, like its defiled sisters 'resilience' and 'capability', soon have an altogether more negative, sinister meaning. Oh joy. 21st century teacher-'appreciating' is like the 'disappearings' from Victory Mansions....gulp!
     
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  18. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Fair words butter no parsnips :rolleyes:
     
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  19. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I wish someone would butter my parsnips...
     
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  20. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

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