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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 15 2013: continued from below... Jefferson made in his life, like his relationship with Hemings and that he didn't release his slaves until after his death. We sat there, taking notes like good little students, but inside our heads, we were completely confused. What was the truth about Jefferson? Was he a heroic father of our country, or a racist? Was he someone to admire, or someone to critique? Of course, this was the exact point of the activity. And they didn't tell us. They asked us. What was the "truth" about history? How did we know what "really happened?" How would we ever decide what the "truth" was? I went home that night and explained to my parents around the dinner table that I now understood that history was made up of particular stories written from the point of view of individuals and that our job was to compare the stories and figure out our own theory of what happened. They were blown away. The next year, I took another special course with Mr. Thomas. We studied world cultures. During that year, he listened to me when my parents' impending divorce overwhelmed me. He gave everyone else something to do and he sat there with me and really listened to my sorrow and fears. Then, he really taught me about the complexities of the world. He was fired. It was 1971 and his hair touched his collar in the back. He circulated a petition to stop the Vietnam War amongst the other teachers. He allowed us to create a controversial door decoration at Christmas -- photos of war from throughout history with a sign in the middle saying, "Peace on Earth?" We were tremendously proud of our idea for that door and we won first place in the competition. But the administration felt it was inappropriate. Then, he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, explaining that the founding fathers didn't approve of such pledges. The ACLU got him his job back after two years of negotiations. I had a front row seat to his struggle. That's a teacher.
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      May 15 2013: Charlotte, what can I possibly say after this well thought out, and detail rich contribution?

      I think I speak for everyone here, that we would have loved to have been part of Mr. Thomas' and Mr. Baldino's class.
      How very fortunate you were to have had these "Master Teachers" who knew exactly what young minds needed.

      What a learning experience. Fantastic Charlotte, truly amazing!!!

      Have you made contact with them as an adult?
      Do they know you are also an educator? (I read your profile, and went to the Murray School site)
      Thank you so much Charlotte, for honoring these two wonderful educators through your words here.

      Have a wonderful, relaxing summer, I am sure you've earned it!!!
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        May 16 2013: Dear Mary,

        Thank you for your kind words! Those two definitely changed my entire life. I kept in touch with Mr. Thomas for many years. He wrote me long letters full of suggested readings, which I really enjoyed, so he was continuing to teach me. He and his family moved to New Mexico, where he was a teacher for years and then they moved to Idaho, where he became a high school principal. He's retired now and I have lost contact with him. Mr. Baldino became the head of the Central Virginia Education Association and worked for teacher rights all over the country. When he discovered that I had become a teacher, he became my mentor and has helped me many times over the years. I thoroughly realize the blessings I have received from these two men. I love them both and I know they love me, too. Because of their caring lives, I have had the honor to be there for my own students. This is my 35th year of teaching and I still am in love with the profession. I teach at Murray High School, the first Glasser Quality Public High School, based on the ideas of Dr. William Glasser. It is an idyllic place to teach, with so many support systems to help students and teachers get along with each other. We emphasize the concepts of Choice Theory. Students learn how to mediate with one another and with the staff and their parents to work out any conflicts. We very very rarely have any students choosing to put their hands on each other and if it happens, we mediate as soon as everyone is calm and come up with a plan to keep the conflict from happening again. The staff is amazing and the students are very grateful for their beloved school. We travel around the world and teach teachers how to start up Glasser Quality Schools. We also speak with student teachers at UVA, Longwood, and JMU. The teachers are always astounded that the workshops are designed and led by high school students. They realize that as teammates, high school students have been severely undervalued
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          May 16 2013: This is the first time I hear of The Glasser Quality Schools.
          Sounds very interesting...........you cannot go wrong with interdependence, even if it is student/teacher.......

          I will read up on it. Thanks Charlotte.

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