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In Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week: Who was your favorite teacher?

Let's give a shout out to our favorite teacher, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

And why stop with TED?....send them an email (you can link this page to your email greetings so they can see you've let everyone know they were special to you)...or send a card...or flowers.....or why not stop by the school and say a hello in person?

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Closing Statement from W T

"I put on Band-Aids and winter coats and school plays. I know they will not understand the difference between your and you're. I say "Cover your mouth," after they have coughed on me.

I wear green on Saint Patrick's Day, red on Valentine's Day, and my bathrobe on Pajama Day.

I buy books about cats and dogs and sharks and volcanoes and horses and dinosaurs. I turn jump ropes and am base in tag. I am glad you can only get chicken pox once.

I am a teacher.

I can borrow and carry very fast. I give them more time to answer six times eight than two times three. I never end a sentence with a preposition. I know what a preposition is.

I have every teacher mug that Hallmark ever made and every Save the Children tie too. I say, "Use two hands!" when they carry their lunch trays. I say, "Accidents happen," after they did not use two hands.

I am a teacher.

I have sung "Happy Birthday" 657 times. I know when a child has gum in his mouth even when he is not chewing.

I plan lessons while shaving, showering, driving, eating, and sleeping. I plan lessons five minutes before the bell rings. I pray for snow days. I pray for Stephen to be absent.

I can make a telescope out of a toilet paper roll and a totem pole out of oatmeal boxes. I can make snowflakes out of coffee filters and a space shuttle out of a Pringles can too.

I fix watchbands, repair eyeglasses, and search for lost milk money after freeze tag.

I know when a child does not understand. I know when a child is not telling the truth. I know when a child was up too late last night. I know when a child needs help finding a friend.

I am a teacher."

from the book: 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Phillip Done

To all of you TEACHERS out there, who selflessly give of yourselves to your students, and who become mentors and friends to your students, THANK YOU. Your work does not go unnoticed.

And to all of you TED members who contributed to this thread, I thank you also.

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    May 9 2013: Easy question for me: Einstein
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      May 9 2013: Einstein didn't do anything for me personally. But I understand where you are coming from Keith.

      I do love one of Enstein's quotes that deals with judging an individual's ability......I often use it when speaking to parents and fellow teacher's alike:

      "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will spend it's whole life believing that it is stupid."

      No teachers huh?
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        May 9 2013: I would like to improve Einstein's observation:
        "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, you will spend your whole life believing that it is stupid."

        You see even Einstein was not always right but he kept trying.

        I would also like to recognize the teacher who taught me much more than Einstein. This teacher has never left my side and has explained all things to me no matter how complicated or how much time it took for me to grasp the truth. He is the only teacher that stood by my side even when the whole world ridiculed my thoughts and threatened me for telling the truth. He constantly improved and organized my available information even as I sleep. He always brought me to the right source at the right time and kept me thirsty for truth and or consequences. He never said NO, anything I wanted to know was OK. He never questioned my motives and always relied on my core principles to keep me safe from harm. Who was this wonderful and thoughtful teacher? ME
        Am I grateful for other teachers in my life? Of course but no one teacher has had the impact on my life like I have.

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