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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?


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 15 2013: My favorite teacher was Mr. Van Thomas. When I was in eighth grade, I had him as a team teacher with another amazing teacher, Mr. John Baldino. They had gone to college, William and Mary, together, and they were so full of life. They were teaching in one large room 60 middle school students. They were in their early 20's and full of beliefs about what made good education. They were teaching us American history. One morning they came in and told us to take 25 sheets of paper out of our 3-ring binders for a project on the Civil War. We were outraged! How big was this project going to be? 25 pages!! That was completely unreasonable! Then, we were told to crumple up these sheets of paper and they divided the class up into halves and told us that we were soldiers in Gettysburg and we should let fly those balls of paper. For about five hilarious, ferocious minutes, we wailed into each other, laughing and yelling. It was complete, joyous chaos! I've never forgotten it. Afterwards, we talked about what it felt like to be soldiers and if we felt that it had been fun in the Civil War, or what we thought soldiers faced on real battlefields. We also talked about how wars stop and if they were as easy to stop as the battle we had just been waging. Once, Mr. Baldino came in and told us to take out our notebooks and take some notes about Thomas Jefferson. We diligently took notes for 25 minutes about how wonderful Thomas Jefferson was, all the things he did for the country, the Declaration, religious freedom, Monticello, UVA, what a hero he was and a true father of our country. Then, Mr. Baldino was called to the office and Mr. Thomas came in. He told us to get our notebooks out and he was going to give us some more notes on Thomas Jefferson. We all moaned and he said, "No resistance, please. This is important." We said we'd learned all there was to know about Thomas Jefferson. He laughed and said he doubted that. Then he began to tell us all the mistakes

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