According to Google Trends, over the last 18 months, searches for “missing my students” increased 150%, and searches for “bulletin board ideas” dropped to an all-time low in April 2020.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY
- Surprise your teacher with a giftKids can show their appreciation by giving their teacher a heartfelt “thank you” card, surprising them with homemade crafts or drawings, or by writing a poem of admiration.
- Make teachers feel specialParents love teachers, too! Show just how much on World Teachers’ Day. Collaborate with your local PTA to set up a raffle with gift cards, coffee mugs and other prizes. Provide coffee and donuts or ask parents to set up a potluck breakfast for teachers before the school day begins.
- Give teachers the royal treatmentBeing a teacher can be stressful, exhausting and frustrating. On World Teachers’ Day, school administrations should pamper their teachers. Having lunch catered or surprising teachers with a 10-minute massage are great ways to let teachers know that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. If October 5 falls on a weekend, celebrate on the Friday before or the Monday after.
5 THINGS TO LEARN ABOUT TEACHERS
- Confucius was the First TeacherHistorically, Confucius is considered to be the first private teacher in history.
- Education for allAccording to UNESCO, the world needs 69 million teachers in order to achieve the goal of providing universal primary and secondary education by 2030.
- The number of African educators are dwindling on the continentSub-Saharan Africa is the area facing the greatest deficit of teachers.
- Teaching standards are plummetingAccording to UNESCO, less than 75% of teachers in one-third of the world’s countries only meet the minimum teacher training standards.
- Learning proficiency is down6 out of 10 children worldwide—a total of 617 million—do not meet the minimum requirements for competency in mathematics and reading.