What do teachers really do? Let the public know May 5-9

It’s not too late to make plans to honor you and your colleagues’ contributions to public education during May 5-9, National Teacher Appreciation Week and on Teacher/Day School Family Day, May 6.

At www.nea.org/grants, NEA has artwork, sample proclamations and news releases, quotes and videos to help you celebrate all the time and effort you dedicate to your students and their future success.

During that week, we will be sharing the suggestions MEA members offered as ways to show appreciation to all school employees. We’ll also be offering special messages of thanks. 

In anticipation of May 5-9, Education Week and the Center for Teaching Quality invited five student bloggers to share their thoughts about what teachers really do in “Student Voice: What Teachers Really Do.” They talked about teachers and the challenges they face in relation to technology, student teaching, respect and role models.

In February, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released the responses of 20,000 teachers about their profession in Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change.” The survey found:

  • 99 percent of teachers said that teaching goes beyond academics and they have the responsibility of reinforcing good citizenship, resilience and social skills.
  • 82 percent of teachers polled said the biggest challenge they faced is the constantly changing demands placed on them and their students.
  • 88 percent of teachers agreed that the rewards of teaching outweigh the challenges.

What do you think?