World Teachers' Day takes place annually every October and is a fantastic way to show appreciation and gratitude for the work teachers do in educating young people across the globe. The day was established in 1994 and is sometimes referred to as International Teacher's Day. It is an event that commemorates the signing of the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which took place in 1966.
World' Teacher's Day is an event where people can better understand the role teachers play in so many people's lives. Teachers contribute massively to society and shape future generations, inspire learning, and even save lives. Teachers can influence and shape their students' perspectives, equip them with necessary social skills and help them function happily and healthily in contemporary society, and contribute to their communities in return.
World Teachers' Day 2022
This year, World Teacher's Day takes place on the 5th of October, and the theme is "Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery." The focus is centred on the struggle and incredible efforts that teachers made during the COVID-19 Pandemic and how they continued to deliver lessons, support pupils, and help them through this challenging time while also having to be totally flexible, come up with innovative new approaches and look after themselves and their own families too.
Celebrating World Teachers Day in the classroom
If you want to celebrate World Teacher's Day this year, there are many ways to do so. Here are some ideas for inspiration:
Decorating the classroom
Get into the spirit of the event by decorating the classroom with banners, balloons, and posters to help make the day feel special. The whole class could be involved in creating decorations that are relevant to the event.
Deliver a special lesson
Ask the class to talk about their favourite lessons, and what they most enjoy learning, or ask them to give a small presentation on inspirational teachers. This could be figures from history, family members or friends, or teachers within the school. Getting your pupils to think about the importance of education and reflect positively on their learning will be inspiring and motivational for everyone. You could also theme your lesson around the history of teaching and talk about some of the most influential and brave teachers across generations too.
Thank you cards
Encourage pupils to write thank you cards for other teachers in the school. Showing teachers how much they are appreciated can be a real morale booster. Get some cards and decorations and help children decorate their cards, and write a special message. You can then collect and deliver the cards to your fellow team members.
Share fun facts
There are lots of fun and interesting facts surrounding the teaching profession. Why not research some and share these with your pupils?
Some fun facts to discuss could be:
- Over 75% of all teachers in the UK are women. Why do you think teaching is predominantly a female role? Is this a good or bad thing?
- 88% of people say a teacher has significantly positively impacted their lives. Why do you think teachers have so much influence? What are some of the positive ways teachers can impact their pupils' lives?
Give thanks to the school administration team
Remember, teacher appreciation is not just about showing teachers gratitude, but all of the supporting staff too. Make sure the administration team knows how much you acknowledge and appreciate their support and hard work by thanking them or having your class make thank you cards for them too.
Acknowledging World Teacher Day can be beneficial for pupils and students alike, so make sure that you take the time to celebrate and use the above ideas to help you get started!
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