We always hear “To teach is to touch a life forever.” and National Teacher Day is a special day that gives support to that statement. Each one of us has been influenced by at least one teacher and National Teacher Day is to give thanks and honor to the educators and change makers in our lives. 

When is National Teacher Day 2017

National Teacher Day 2016 happens on Thursday, May 2, 2017.

National Teacher Day is celebrated every Tuesday of the first full week of May.

National Teacher Day Origin

According to the National Education Association, the origins of National Teacher Day are not that clear. But what is known is that in Arkansas around 1944, Mattye Whyte Woodridge, a teacher started the call for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to political and educational leaders such as Eleanor Roosevelt, who then persuaded the 81st Congress to declare National Teacher Day in 1953.

The National Education Association together with its Indiana and Kansas affiliated and the Dodge City Local, lobbied in Congress for the creation of a National Teacher Day. They succeeded and March 7, 1980 was declared National Teacher Day for that year. National Teacher Day has been observed on that date until 1985 when the National Education Association Assembly  voted to have the date changed to the first Tuesday of May.

National Teacher Day Celebration

  • Children give their teachers a thank you card or a small token of appreciation.
  • Schools hold a National Teacher Day program complete with special presentations to be enjoyed by the faculty.
  • Some organizations host an event honouring teachers. They give awards for the winners of certain categories. Don’t forget to nominate and vote for your favourite teacher.
  • If there is a teacher in your family, prepare a special meal for them or celebrate with the entire family.
  • Organize a fundraising event to benefit your favourite charity that is teacher-oriented.
  • Adults can send their thanks and well-wishes by sending mail or flowers to their favourite teacher.
  • If someone you know is a teacher, give them a call to tell them how much difference they make in the world.
  • Show love to your favourite teachers by posting your sentiments about them or your favourite quote of theirs on social media.

National Teacher Day Facts

  • Several different countries celebrate National Teacher Day on different dates. For example, Albania celebrates on March 7, Argentina on September 11, Brunei on September 23, Bhutan on May 2, Bolivia on June 6, Colombia on May 15, Costa Rica on November 22, China on September 10, Czech Republic on March 28, Ecuador on April 13, Egypt on February 28 and so on.
  • The United Nations (UN) celebrates a different day in honor of teachers, it is called the World Teachers’ Day, observed every 5th of October each year.

When is National Teacher Day 2018

National Teacher Day 2018 will be on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

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