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Honoring Teachers!

May 14, 2012

Thank you for the work you do!

Happy Teachers Appreciation Week (a couple of days late). You are being honored and being thanked for your work each day. I wish it were possible to drive to every school in every district throughout Maine during Teacher Appreciation week and personally thank you for the work you do each day educating students.

I’ve given some thought as to what gift I would give you to honor the work you do with students. I am not able to select only one so here is my list:

  1. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU from each student and parent.
  2. A day off (with no strings attached) to go and do whatever you please.
  3. An attitude change (from the public) that would make teachers heroes.
  4. Most importantly, I’d provide the opportunity for you to learn.

Why do I think that giving you the opportunity to learn is so important? I have watched young teachers blossom and establish themselves when they continue their learning while starting out in their first teaching jobs. I have listened to veteran teachers who have gone from being unhappy teaching to filled with renewed energy because of attending a professional development opportunity.

Since I can’t actually give you any of the items on the list I can ask you to give yourself a learning opportunity. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) has provided many opportunities this year. The Teacher Leaders presented at the statewide conference in October at USM and continue to offer regional workshops all over the state. Six webinars are archived with meeting plans that you can access. And there is one more webinar scheduled for May 23rd with Maine’s Commissioner of Education, Steve Bowen, as the guest. You can learn more about the MAAI by going to the wiki. I invite you to get involved with the MAAI so you can have ongoing learning opportunities that might just make your teaching a little bit better and your life more fun!

I hope that your week is filled with appreciative moments and lots of fun!

A blog post from Education Week called Building Support for Professional Learning provided by Learning Forward you might want to read.

The”Teachers are Heroes” Infographic is posted on the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education blog. The statistics are grabbing and the teacher hero stories are really inspiring!

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