Has a STEM teacher changed your life? Today is the day to thank them. It’s Teachers Appreciation Day!

Teachers have a tough job, but lately their jobs have become tougher. In the wake of school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re not only adjusting to the new normal of having to teach through distance learning. Many are also volunteering in their communities to help out during the pandemic, according to a video message from National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia. Some teachers are donating laptops and iPads to students who need them, she said, while others are helping provide meals for families and volunteering their time in other ways.

“There are countless stories of educators going far beyond the call of duty for their students, for their communities, because it’s what we do,” said Eskelsen Garcia. “We help. The road ahead is going to be difficult. We’re all worried about not being able to see and provide for our students every day. But this year, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re going to focus on what we can control, and that’s continuing to help our students, our fellow educators, and communities, every single day.”

Due to school closures, you won’t be able to thank your teachers in person, or decorate their doors and classrooms with messages of love and appreciation as many students often do. But with the help of social media and some creative thinking, you can show them how much you care. You can send them thanks by posting to social media using the hashtags #ThankATeacher or #TeacherDay2020. The NEA provides a number of icons you can share across your social media to show love for your favorite teachers. Be creative!

Need some help? The NEA provides the following themes to help craft your daily postings each day of Teacher’s Appreciation Week (the first week of May):

Monday – Share something you recently learned about the work teachers do

Tuesday (National Teacher Day) – Tag a teacher you appreciate and let them know how much they’ve impacted your life.

Wednesday – Ask your teacher: “What can I do to help?” 

Thursday – Post a #TBT of a teacher who changed your life

Friday – Tell us about a teacher who helped you through the week

Check out the NEA Teacher Appreciation Week toolkit for some examples and graphics you can include with your posts.

TryEngineering Resources

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