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Happy National Teacher Day

National Teacher Day - edutopiaWhat is the number one thing you’d like for National Teacher Appreciation Week?

Many teachers say that what they’d like most is to have their experience and expertise trusted and listened to. And not just for one week, but all year long.

On the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog teacher Julie Hiltz writes that most of the public sees merely “glimpses into the teaching profession—not accurate, meaningful depictions of what I and millions of other teachers do.”

She continues,

When I tell people I’m a teacher, I want them to realize that I wasn’t born one. That my work is complex. That it involves strategies, skills, and knowledge that I’ve had to work to develop and apply. That almost no one could just walk into a classroom unprepared and do it well—just like most of us couldn’t walk into an operating room and perform surgery.

 

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