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On Teacher’s Day, Two Ways of Saying Thanks

May 06, 2013

Don’t miss Bill’s TED-Ed talk. PBS will be airing it tomorrow at 7 pm PDT/10 pm EDT, or you can watch it here.

Today marks the start of National Teacher Appreciation Week – a great opportunity to show teachers how much they matter to us.

One great way to thank teachers is by supporting organizations that help them do their best work. I recently met with representative of one such organization, the Teaching Channel, an online community of teachers who create and share “how-to” videos, like the one above, that illustrate ideas for how to be more effective in the classroom.

Another great way to thank teachers is by simply celebrating the teaching profession – both the incredible commitment it requires and the profound impact it has on the lives of students.

In this spirit, I asked a question to teachers in a blog in March: When did you know you wanted to teach?

Beautiful responses poured in from across the country. Below are just a few of my favorites.

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