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In 1985, The National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Day as the first Tuesday of the first full week in May.

The next Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated in the US on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

While the observance is sometimes known as Teacher's Day or National Teacher Day, the sentiment remains the same as students and parents recognize teachers for all their hard work and dedication.

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Why celebrate Teacher's Day?

Contrary to popular childhood belief teachers actually do have homes, hobbies, and even kids of their own! Yes, teachers are people, too.

With all that is required of teachers - and how young lives are touched in such a tremendous way - it is amazing that there isn't a special Hall of Fame for teachers. Until then, why not show your favorite teacher how much you appreciate them?

Take it from teachers -- anything that comes from a student's heart, even just a spoken "thank you", will mean the world to them.

Teacher Appreciation gift ideas

Besides flowers and cards, popular gift ideas or teachers may include a a gift certificate, gourmet gift basket, a "Best Teacher" trophy or coffee mug, or a book of inspirational poems or quotes.

For a great group gift, parents might organize the presentation of a more expensive gift by sharing the cost of a new leather brief case, an inscribed sterling silver pen set, or other gifts that a teacher might especially appreciate.

DID YOU KNOW? Teacher Appreciation Day fun facts

• In the 1940's, it was teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge who first promoted a day set aside to celebrate teachers. Although it took many years, Woodridge finally saw her idea become reality before her death in 1999 when Congress finally declared National Teacher Day in 1980.

Famous American teachers
Famous Americans who entered the teaching
profession include Booker T. Washington,
Madeleine Albright, Laura Bush & Bill Clinton.

• A long list of famous American teachers include African-American educator Booker T. Washington, President Lyndon Johnson, President Bill Clinton, TV personality Joy Behar, First Lady Laura Bush, and diplomat Madeleine Albright.

• Year after year, polls have shown that teachers remain among the top five most trusted professions in the US for honesty and integrity. Other professions that traditionally make the list include nurses, military officers, medical doctors, and pharmacists.

• A teacher’s contract day does not include time spent at home planning lessons or grading student work. Work at home can range from one hour in the evening preparing lesson plans to 16 hours on the weekend grading tests and homework.

• Still a melting pot, America holds the top spot of having the most international students in the world.

• Many other countries have similar celebrations. In India, September 5 is the day set aside to recognize the special contributions made by teachers, while in China the day is celebrated on September 10. Throughout Latin America, September 11 is Teacher's Day. Since 1994, World Teacher Day has been recognized by UNESCO each October 5.

Quotes for Teacher Appreciation Day

Albert Einsten
"Example isn't another way to teach, it is
the only way to teach."
- Albert Einstein.

“I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” — Lily Tomlin

“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” —Andy Rooney

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” — Henry Brooks Adams

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” — Japanese proverb

"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference." — Tom Brokaw

"In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less." — Lee Iococca

More about Teacher's Day around the Web:

Just up ahead, discover tips and ideas on the perfect gift for your child's teacher this year, along with more information on how Teacher's Day is celebrated in schools in the U.S. and around the world ...

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National Teacher Day
- Download a poster to help celebrate this special day in the U.S., and learn that even celebrities have a favorite teacher. See a vast listing here, along with a brief history of this holiday, and check out the the rest of the site dedicated to educating today's children and what it takes to be a teacher.

I Love - Celebrate Teacher Day - India celebrates this day on September 5th, but how do other countries celebrate Teacher Day? Get gift ideas and party themes, teacher jokes, crafts, books, and a list of famous teachers.

Teacher Appreciation - Browse this site for all kinds of useful information on how to honor a teacher this year.

Teacher Appreciation Quotations - Discover poems, quotes and sayings in honor of the day.

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