Let’s play a word association game, shall we? How this works is I will say a word and you’ll say the first thing that pops into your mind. Okay, let’s go.
First word: School
Got your word? Was it something along the line of classroom? Student? A place where students’ souls go to die? Yeah, me too. Let’s move on.
Second word: Teacher
What’s your word? I know that when I first hear this word, I think of three words automatically: mother, education, and inspiration.
We all know why teachers are important to everyone’s lives, but I’m going to explain why these words are the ones I think of.
First word: Mother. My dear mother, Danette, has been teaching for over 20 years. She has touched countless lives through her job, including mine. I have had the amazing privilege of learning from her ever since I was born. Her teaching style is so unique to her and I love it. Inside and outside of the classroom, she’s taught me everything I know to make it in this world. Perhaps the most important lesson of all that she’s taught me is the proper use of “I” and “me” in a sentence (I’m not kidding. I always find myself correcting others about their misuse of the words because my mom always used to correct me. It’s stuck with me for years. I cannot stop).
Despite the constant grammar corrections I now do unwillingly, there are not enough words to thank her for all she’s done for me and all she has taught me. There’s something about having a teacher as a parent that changes who you are for the better over the course of a lifetime. I am eternally grateful for her and I hope she continues spreading her knowledge for generations to come.
Second word: Education. If you’re reading this, you can thank teachers for giving you the tools to be able to read it through education. It is absolutely essential, for anyone to make it in this world, to get an education. There are teachers in every aspect of your life: teachers, parents, peers, bosses, and even strangers you meet on the street. You can learn anything from anyone, but I feel that the most important lessons are learned inside the classroom.
In sociology, we talked about this term called hidden curriculum. In summary, it’s all of the things you learn about social mannerisms in the classroom. You learn these things from teachers. So even if it’s not about history or science, you’re still learning about important life lessons from your teachers.
Education is one of the biggest things that I feel students take for granted. We have the opportunity to learn things from teachers dedicated to improving our lives. So the next time you think about school or teachers in general, make sure you take the time to thank them for all you’ve learned from them.
Finally, inspiring. It’s crazy to think that anyone would want to spend their time trying to teach rowdy elementary and high school kids anything. I know I do not have the patience to deal with kids, and it’s truly inspiring to see all these teachers keep going back to work (and willingly, too!).
I’ve seen teachers have bad days, and I’ve seen teachers have good days. No matter what may happen in the classroom, they still love teaching. No matter what. Having that kind of passion for passing knowledge onto your students is indescribable. It’s just so good. It comes from the goodness of their hearts and I don’t think there’s any way we could repay that kindness.
What I hope everyone takes away from this is that teachers can sometimes be taken for granted. Don’t let that happen.
Talk to your teachers and thank them for all that they’ve done for you. They put up with all the shenanigans from students on a daily basis and I don’t understand how they could. So, thank your teachers and administrators. They truly don’t get the recognition they deserve.