Teacher Appreciation

May is the merry month to shower beloved teachers with extra appreciation

In the growing sunshine of May, people across
the nation are taking special time to show gratitude for the warmth and light
that teachers give. Hats tossed high and bouquets of balloons released to our
teachers, and everything they do day in and day out for students, colleagues,
and schools. May 7th was National Teacher Appreciation Day. Why not
celebrate teachers all month long, like a big birthday party that goes on for
weeks? Surprise and delight them when they least expect it.

Students can make a secret group plan
to all wear their teacher’s favorite color to school one day. Each child can
bring one flower and then have someone put them all together in a bouquet. Make
a card for your teacher, draw a picture, or write a story all about you that’s
just for them. Let them know that their enthusiastic dedication in class
inspires you to watch, listen, and learn everywhere you go.

Students have thanked their teachers with
an apple since public education first began in our nation in the 1800’s.
Schools in the eastern urban centers started to receive public funding at that
time. Out in the western frontier, families paid their children’s classroom
educators with farm produce. That always included bushels of delicious,
healthful apples that students brought in for their teachers. In time, all
teachers were paid wages for their devoted education services––but the custom
of bringing an apple to the teacher to express affection and appreciation continued.

We honor the heartfelt calling of teachers to motivate and inspire
young minds. Their joy in being a student’s advocate and helping them realize
their own potential. Teachers understand that it takes time to earn trust, and that
from trust grows a solid bond. They rejoice in witnessing their students’ “Aha
moments.”

DreamBox CEO and
President Jessie Woolley-Wilson said, “At DreamBox, our mission is centered
around a core belief that empowering the future workforce starts by unlocking
the learning potential of every child. By equipping learners with technology
that adapts to their specific needs and empowering educators with the
professional development opportunities that best support their instruction we
become one step closer to meeting that mission.”

Teachers love to have fun––and that includes their own ongoing development,
as well as their collaborations with other educators on creative ways to teach
different types of learners. They support the conviction and confidence of
fellow teachers, sharing best practices and opening new doors in learning
together.

Our teachers do the immense
job of imparting essential subject knowledge in a way that each student can
hear. And they do so much more. A teacher’s faith in a student gives them
courage they can carry for a lifetime. The poet William Butler Yeats once said,
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

Ali Cunlisk

Ali Cunlisk

Marketing Coordinator at DreamBox Learning
Ali is currently the Marketing Coordinator for DreamBox Learning. She is a recent graduate from the University of Washington and is a firm believer in adaptive education. When she is not at work she enjoys Washington hikes, exploring new restaurants and of course hanging out with her four legged furry brother Max!
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