Teachers give their students a boost of confidence when they really need one, extra help when they’re having trouble, a welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control—and although students and parents know they can’t ever thank teachers enough, they can take a moment to share their appreciation for the special educators in their schools. National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year. Join NEA and the National PTA in saying “thank you” to teachers in your community with these free downloadable posters, decorations, student-made gifts and cards, and other, no-prep resources.
The days of sitting in one-size-fits-all
professional meetings are dwindling. Whole day, large group professional
development sessions are being replaced with technology-infused collaboration
ripe for lifelong learning. For me, the best part of this shift in professional
learning is the ability to focus on the topics that interest me the most. Here
are some of my favorite ways to take control of my professional development
while embracing technology.