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October 09
Celebrating Teachers

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World Teachers’ Day falls In October each year, October 5th this year, and the day celebrates educators around the world.  The holiday was first celebrated by UNESCO in 1994 and highlights the need for changes to ensure universal education.  This year, the slogan of the campaign is “empowering teachers, building sustainable societies.”

I am continually amazed at the selfless, giving, inspiring character of teachers I have the pleasure to work with and know.  Teachers are role models who share information, provoke thinking, inspire change, and touch our hearts.  Teachers love what they are doing, and attempt to vary the globe, one kid at a time.  They are the leaders of the world who enable generation after generation to succeed and now it is time to say thank you.

World Teachers’ Day commemorates educators everywhere for their vital contributions to society.  How will you thank a teacher this month?

I am a quote person, one of those people who is always looking for unique words of wisdom to describe life.  While most of the time, I’m one to create my own mantras, very often someone else has already said what I’m trying to express.  Quotes have a way of getting under your skin and the ones that agree with your internal ideals end up being the ones that stick with you and reaffirm what you believe.  Quotes permeate the world with mantras that are the values, wisdom, and ideals of many.  Using wisdom from others to live is a strong way to be, as long as you are staying true to who you are.

Following are some of my favorite quotes that celebrate the contributions of educators.  Thank you friends and colleagues for your words of wisdom.

"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." -- Carl Jung

"The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners:  it is in making winners out of ordinary people." -- K. Patricia Cross

"If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for ten years, plant a tree. If for a hundred years, teach the people. When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests." --Kuan Chung

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." -- William Arthur Ward

"If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job." -- Donald D. Quinn

"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart." -- Author Unknown

"The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth."-- Dan Rather

"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre." -- Gail Godwin​

Thank you teachers!

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