|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.5||May 2008|
|Cover Story by Todd R. Nelson|
|Only a School. Only a Teacher.|
|School is still, at its heart, a dance of men and women of character. A school is its teachers.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong|
|An Amazing Kindergarten Teacher|
|I use modified modeling to teach my students the correct procedures. Instead of just telling, I act out the wrong way first....|
|»||Promoting Responsibility - Or How Not ToMarvin Marshall|
|»||Differentiated Instruction & Ability GroupingCheryl Sigmon|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac|
|»||Counting the days yet?Barbara & Sue Gruber|
|»||Problem-Based Learning, Part 3Hal Portner|
|»||Successful TeachersLeah Davies|
|»||'Subprime' Is Voted "Word Of The Year" For 2007|
|»||May 2008 Writing Prompts|
|»||Use Math's Magic to Intrigue Students Solving Linear Equations|
|»||I Choose Teaching - A Meaningful Career|
|»||Teacher Appreciation Day: Not Nearly Enough|
|»||Treating All Students With Dignity|
|»||Two Teachers, Two Philosophies, One Result|
|»||Favorite Teacher Appreciation Activities|
|»||Academic Writing Guidelines|
|»||What is an Effective Teacher?|
|»||Drexel Online Education Program|
|»||Candles of Inspiration: May 2008|
|»||Featured Lessons: May 2008|
|»||Video Bytes: A Hidden Lesson, Baptism By Fire, Mom and more...|
|»||Today Is... Daily Commemoration for May 2008|
|»||Live on Teachers.Net: May 2008|
|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers|
|»||Is a school only as good as the teachers in it?|
|»||Teachers' Best Teachers|
|»||What Is It About Teaching That Keeps You Going?|
|»||Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers|
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An impressive collection of teachers' favorite Teacher Appreciation Day gifts and activities and some timeless articles we're calling "The Miracle of Teachers."
Favorite Teacher Appreciation Activities
|Collected from Teachers.Net Chatboards
May 1, 2008
Posted by Chrissy
Posted by Grateful
Teachers prepared an annual luncheon for the maintenance staff -- a small gesture for all the glitter and paint they contend with throughout the year! In my child's school (a public school), there are two luncheons per year, too. Parents also prepare these, but I don't think the teachers all get to attend at the same time because parents do not provide lunchtime coverage. I think most homeroom moms try to organize a group gift, such as a gift card.
As a parent, I was pleasantly surprised when my child's teacher gave me a gift at Christmas time. It was a thank you gift for volunteering in the classroom (a frame with my child's photo). I was so touched, particularly since I had only volunteered for a couple of hours. It's nice to be shown appreciation as a teacher, but it's also great when teachers show their appreciation for those that help them!
Posted by WEK
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Posted by wig
The classes take turns serving us a big lunch once a month with parents taking over our lunch and recess duties. (Our favorite gift of all.)
We get at least one, usually two, gift certificates a year from the PTL.
Students are generous at Christmas and on our birthdays (or half birthday).
When there is a book fair we get to choose five to ten books and if parents would like to purchase them for us, they can. I usually choose five and they are always purchased.
Posted by Sarah
Another building's PTO made sure the faculty lounge had a good supply of home baked treats all week long.
Posted by Disney Cathy
Our PTO always has a lunch for us and they watch the kids in the cafeteria so we can enjoy a duty free lunch.
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Posted by JPM on 4/23/08
Our director has "something up her sleeve" for Friday. Today during the potluck lunch we watched T.V. The director brought in old Friends episodes and had them playing all day in the lunch/planning room. Each day this week is a different theme day, so we don't have to wear our uniform to work. Today was twin day; it was fun to pair up with someone to look like them. Yesterday was glamour day and one teacher dressed like Hannah Montana… it was cute. Each of us was given a t-shirt to decorate for our co teacher that we will wear on Friday. We have had breakfast provided for us each day, We had supplies for manicures on Tuesday, Friday night some of us will go bowling.
Posted by Kathy
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Posted by Addie/mo
The notes contain all the "favorite" information for each person. They line up parent volunteers each day for various tasks. New this year, we are sending home forms for the kids to write a special note to a favorite teacher. One note per grade level will be drawn at random at morning assembly and the winning students will get to read their essays to the school.
On supervision for the luncheon, we have a parent volunteer to supervise each class. All classes go out to the
playground for a picnic lunch and then the volunteer can read two books aloud and play a group game. The counselor and I will supervise the whole school.
The Miracle of Teachers
We've rounded up links to some notable teacher-related articles from past issues of the Teachers.Net Gazette. Enjoy!
The Miracle of Teachers - A Tribute by Harry & Rosemary Wong
The Teacher Is the Difference - A Tribute by Bill Page
Overworked and Under Appreciated - by Don Quimby
Lemons to Lemonade - Teachers' Least Effective Teachers