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Teacher Appreciation Week Videos to Enjoy

Overview

As another Teacher Appreciation Week draws near a close, I hope that you've been showered with gifts, snacks, and an abundance of appreciation. Whether that has been donuts in the staff room, donated desserts, or small goodies in your mailbox, know that you're greatly appreciated and are truly making a difference. If you have been struggling to find some humor this week, below are a list of videos that deal with several different aspects of teaching, most notably state testing and our profession as a whole. So, take a few minutes, laugh a little, and know that a little bit of humor and a few powerful messages can have a major impact on our aura and how we go about our day.

Spoken Word Poetry

In my Language Arts class, we have been studying poetry and just concluded that unit with Spoken Word Poetry. Thanks to my great friend and 7th Language Arts teammate Travis Carpenter, there was a site that listed several examples of this. Within it were videos by Taylor Mali. If you're unfamiliar with him, he is a professional spoken word poet who has some great teaching videos. An easy favorite is called, "What Teachers Make," that not only answers that question, but in a way that all teachers can appreciate. A few other favorites are "The Impotence of Proofreading," "I'll Fight You for the Library," and "Communication."

EddieBComedy Talks about Tests

If you're unfamiliar with EddiBComedy, you're really missing out. He's an elementary teacher and a comedian who records videos about the profession with the tagline, "I'm already professionally developed." However, his most recent videos are great as well! His recent comments on Teacher Appreciation Week are pretty good. Also, if you're like our district, you're in the middle of state testing time. He has a video full of quips about testing that are really spot on!

Gerry Brooks Has some Ideas

What would a Teacher Appreciation Week be without some suggestions from Principal Gerry Brooks on gift ideas for teachers? In this year's episode, he offers up some suggestions for principals on what they can get members of their staff, everything from meaningful trinkets to bags of soup. It's a treasure that should help all administrators purchase those last minute gifts for their staffs.

A Message for Students

Another spoken word poem that is fascinating is by Chase Mielke. In it, he describes how teachers really lose sleep over the success and well-being of our students. It's a really powerful message for both teachers and students. This message within seems more like a first day of school message, but it is still astonishing nonetheless. Check out the video here: "What Students Really Need to Hear." Additionally, he also has a message specifically for teachers, title "Is Teaching Worth It?" that is thought-provoking.

You make a difference!

Don't forget the impact you have on students. As has been said before, you specifically may be the reason that a student rolled out of bed and came to school today. Because of you, a student may take the longer way to get to their next class because they know they will get a high five or "hello" from you. This same message is what is talked about in one of the most famous TED Talks ever recorded, "Every Student Needs a Champion." Hopefully this will provide you with enough motivation to continue being amazing at what you do, and being that champion for those students who count on you.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

It goes without saying how thankless of a job we make our living from. Teaching is the profession that makes all other professions happen. So, I want you all to know that you are the reason some students come to school each day, and you're appreciated by countless individuals more than you may realize! I wish you the best Teacher Appreciation Week possible, full of snacks, gifts, and the realization that you are making a difference each day you walk through the school doors.

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