Held annually on October 5, World Teacher’s Day is a day to commemorate the contribution educators make to education as well as development. In 1994, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inaugurated this day as World Teacher’s Day to pay tribute to the signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers on the 5th of October, 1966. Since then World Teacher’s Day has been celebrated in over 100 countries. The wide spread success of World Teacher’s Day is a direct effect of the efforts of Education International and its 401 member organizations. Each year Education International makes it a point to launch a public awareness campaign that recognizes the positive impact teaching professionals have on the world.
As with most things in life school is one of those things where you either love it, hate it, or are somewhere in the middle. Personally, when I was in school I was somewhere in between. I did what I had to do to get by but very rarely did I fully apply myself. While ultimately the biggest reason for this was me, I feel like a huge part of how successful a teacher is at educating is a direct result of their own personal teaching style. Please don’t read that the wrong way though, I am by no means discrediting the teachers who teach in a way that doesn’t match my style of learning. This is actually something that I feel sets educators aside from the rest of society; their ability, and desire, to communicate a specific subject or subjects to an ever changing group of people.
In my 18 years of education (K-12 and then 5 years of college) there are a few teachers that I frequently am reminded of. To celebrate today I would like to write a little bit about why they each meant so much to me. In chronological order starting from elementary school:
My first grade teacher, Ms. Patton: I was only in first grade and honestly I can’t really remember too much of what it is that you learn in the first grade but I remember how sincere she always was to her students. It’s a quality that most teachers probably have but for some reason I have always remembered how sincere she was to us and how influential of a quality something like that can be.