World Teachers’ Day

By Diane Ruyack

“If you know how to read, thank a teacher!”  How true this is!  Let’s honor and respect teachers all over the  world. Respect is what teachers crave.  Some feel like they are at the bottom of the education totem pole.

World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5th since 1994 – when it was created by UNESCO – celebrates teachers worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

Respect can mean different things to different people. But basically, respect means to show regard or consideration for someone or something. It is critical for our children to understand the importance of respect, so that they can communicate effectively with others throughout their lives. It is important to distinguish between respect and obedience.

The best way to teach your child about respect is for you to show respect to yourself, your child, and others. Kids are greatly influenced throughout their day by adults – whether it be a parent, teacher, or coach. Observing respectful adult behavior helps your child learn the value of respect and how to use it to her advantage. Some ways to show respect are to

All teachers appreciate students who have good manners in school and who work well with them, but they especially appreciate when a student takes the time to say thank you. Other ways to show respect is to be on time to class, don’t talk when the teacher is talking, raise your hand before blurting out, be involved in class discussions, bring in completed homework and be kind to others.

I guess the moral of the story is to treat everyone respect, adults, children alike.