The Most Important People in Your Life: Teachers

Thank your kids’ teachers today.

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(8) Naftali Lewin, April 27, 2021 7:20 PM


E-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t! I would only add, that in addition to saying "thank you", we should show our teachers our gratitude in tangible ways, e.g., by tipping them generously around holiday time, and by giving them other gifts (subscriptions to good magazines, quality writing instruments, electronics, to name a few) at other times of the year as well.

(7) John Smith, March 31, 2019 8:52 PM

My teachers taught me that bullying is acceptable and you are the problem for reporting it

(6) Nick Attwell, March 31, 2019 6:09 PM

Inspirational Teachers

I agree totally, that teachers aspire children to achieve later in life, after school

In my case Roland Parish, my math's teacher during the seventies

(5) Anonymous, March 31, 2019 3:56 PM

Teachers? Not always so good

Back in the day when I went to school, there was no such thing as a child having ADD or ADHD, learning disabilities, or dyslexia or was there differentiated teaching, to meet those needs. All the disabilities most likely existed, but they had no name, and certainly, no teacher understood or even took the time to investigate why a student acted badly or did not perform well. Students were expected to perform robotically. You were either smart or not. You either behaved or not and were severely dealt with if you didn't. This was a girls school, so there was no hitting, but you could be sent to the principals' office; a very scary event. This was in a yeshiva. For eight years, I suffered at the hands of a teacher who was also vice-principal. She was very stern and never smiled, and we were terrified of her, because this vice-principal handed out report cards, on report card day. Not only did she read aloud everyone's grades, if someone did not do well in a particular subject, the grade was also called out and a terse comment followed. This so traumatized me, that it followed me through high school, though no one called out grades there and college. Before the return of papers, exams or projects in college, I would be sick to my stomach. Even though I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, it mattered not, for, in grad school, it was the same. It continued to carry over when I knew my kids were getting their report cards and most likely because it was me and this teacher and getting my report card all over again.
Yes, a teacher like this can and did do tremendous damage, and today would be fired on the spot. I went to an excellent graduate school to become a reading specialist, a little later on in life, and it opened my eyes about teaching., and how each child learns differently. I hope today's teachers are kinder and more compassionate.

Harry Pearle, March 31, 2019 5:40 PM

Why not try to balance Postive and Negative Teaching Lessons?

Dear Anonymous, I agree that some people are bad at teaching and motivating students. But let me share a lesson, I learned from a Rabbi, in Rochester, NY, where I live.

I once showed this Rabbi a "NO" button. This "NO" button says "no" when you press it.

What the Rabbi did was show be that the "NO" button could be turned upside down, to give "ON". This suggested to me that, sometimes a negative can lead to a positive. So, when we are criticized, and even punished, we might, in some cases, learn important lessons, that have IMPACT.

I think we can sometimes learn more from negative experiences, though painful and embarrassing, then from some positive experiences...


(4) Anonymous, March 29, 2019 9:05 AM

real life example

Awesome! My parents expressed thanks to all my teachers on the back of my bar mitzvah invitation.

(3) Jaya, March 25, 2019 3:36 PM

Teachers !

A great video , a reminder to parents to be thankful to their chilsren’s teachers and a reminder to teachers to be worthy of their huge responsibility .

(2) Harry Pearle, March 25, 2019 1:32 PM

Thanks, but... Teachers Need Respect for other Teachers, too.

This is wonderful. But I am also concerned about how teachers value other teachers, and students, and their teachings.

It turns out the the word TEACH contains the same letters as CHEAT.
I think we should realize that no one is perfect and that we all play games. Students play games and teachers play games.

If we want to keep learning and improving, we should try to listen to the teachings of everyone. Teachers can learn from other teachers and from students. As long as we work on learning from everyone we can improve and we can enjoy learning, with less boredom and stress... (and more results).

Avos 4.1 "Who is wise. He who learns from all men."

(1) Suri Nowosiolski, March 25, 2019 3:23 AM

Thank you for the reminder!

Thank you for this powerful reminder! I immediately stopped to send a note of thanks to my children's teachers. Day in, day out, they display love and endless patience. They are role models of good character, and I am grateful!

Kaila Hollander, March 31, 2019 8:22 PM

Suri Nowosiolski hmmm... looks familiar

It takes one to know one?


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