Celebrate the Heart of a Teacher

By Kisha DeSandies Lester

A philosopher once said, “Everyone who remembers his own education, remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the education system.”

Every day, teachers touch the lives of over 56 million children in public and private school across America and their work and impact extends far beyond the classroom.

We’ve all had a few favorite teachers in our life who encouraged and inspired us in our journey…

An English teacher who brought Shakespeare to life and encouraged your love of reading…

A science teacher who helped you see the world in a whole new way…

Even a music teacher who believed in your talent and gave you confidence…

The subject that favorite teacher taught isn’t what gives you great memories, it’s how they made you feel in their classroom and the positive impact the experience has had on your life. This is why we celebrate teachers honor the important work they do every year!

Build a Strong Partnership with your Child’s Teacher

To be successful, teachers put in extra time and commitment to help each student learn and grow—and they want to partner with parents along the way. We all want our children to succeed, which means, we want their teachers to succeed as well.

Here are a few tips on how you can work with your child’s teacher throughout the school year:

  • Develop a relationship with your child’s teacher and keep in touch with them often
  • Ask the right questions
  • Set goals with your child and their teacher and foster the achievement of those goals
  • Review your child’s data to ensure they are on track
  • Look in your child’s backpack every day
  • Frequently view the parent portal (or whichever tool your child’s school uses)
  • Actively participate at school when possible

Take our Pop Quiz

No, we’re not going to ask you what is the capital of Somalia (Mogadishu), or how long it takes for the Earth to spin once on its axis (nearly 24 hours). We created a fun quiz you and your kids can take, Which School Subject Would You Teach? Find out it your favorite subject in school is the one you’d teach?

Celebrate Teachers

The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week, but our educators deserve our praise every day of the school year. Share your memories of your favorite teacher or stories of how your child’s teachers are are so special to your family using #ThankATeacher.

Kisha DeSandies Lester is the Senior Editorial & Digital Manager at National PTA.

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