World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated worldwide on October 5 every year since 1995. This day is celebrated to glorify the contribution of teachers. According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in recognition of the outstanding contribution of teachers to education and development.
This day is observed in about 100 countries of the world. Education International (EI) and its 401 member organizations play a key role in celebrating the day. On the occasion of the day, EI sets a theme every year which raises public awareness as well as reminds the contribution of the teaching profession.
The Theme of World Teachers Day 2024
After 1.5 years of the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, World Teachers’ Day 2024 will focus on supporting teachers’ contributions to the overall promotion of the recovery process. The theme is selected for 2024is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery.”
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History of World Teachers’ Day
World Teachers’ Day is to celebrate the 1966 anniversary of the adoption of the International Labour Organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recommendations on the status of teachers. A recommendation on the status of higher education teaching personnel was adopted in 1997 to supplement the 1966 recommendation.
The purpose of launching this day is to promote help to teachers and raise awareness of the importance of teachers meeting the needs of future generations. Today, about 100 countries around the world celebrate this day. On this day, schools and colleges organized programs for their teachers.
How to celebrate World Teachers’ Day
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Surprise your teacher with a gift
Children can express their gratitude by giving their teacher a heartfelt “thank you” card, surprise them with homemade crafts or pictures, or write a hymn.
Make the teacher feel special
Parents love teachers too! How much to show on World Teacher’s Day. Work with your local PTA to set up sweepstakes for gift cards, coffee cups, and other prizes. Provide coffee and doughnuts, or ask parents to prepare a light meal and breakfast for the teacher before school starts.
Royal treatment for teachers
As a teacher, you may feel stressed, tired, and frustrated. On World Teachers’ Day, school administrations should pamper their teachers. A 10-minute massage to let the teacher eat lunch or surprise the teacher is a good way to let the teacher know that their hard work will not be ignored. If October 5th is a weekend, please celebrate on the previous Friday or the following Monday.
Top 8 Characteristics and Qualities of a Good Teacher
1. Excellent communication skills
If teachers have good communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, and visual, including oral, writing, imagery, body language, and organizing ideas into understandable structures), they can communicate knowledge with better skills and effects.
3. In-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject
There is a saying that teachers only know what they know. The best teachers are those who clearly love their subject and have this enthusiasm and desire to learn more. When the teacher has a deep understanding and professional knowledge to learn from, every lesson will be enriched and every student may be inspired.
4. Strong relationship with students
However, it is not enough to know what you are talking about. A great teacher does more than just teach from the mind. In the best classroom, the heart is also involved. In order to create a successful learning environment, good teachers need to be able to establish caring relationships with students. It is this caring teacher-student relationship that promotes the exchange of information.
5. Friendly and approachable
If the teacher is unfriendly and difficult to talk to, students will encounter unanswerable questions. If students treat the teacher as an enemy, they will certainly not learn much. The best teachers are the most open, enthusiastic, and accessible.
6. Preparation and organization skills
Excellent teachers spend countless hours outside the classroom preparing, designing courses, learning more (about their specific topics and general teaching methods), participating in professional development, and thinking about fresh and interesting ways to reach students. The best teachers have excellent lesson plans, lectures and assignments, and they will continue to improve. They have conducted extensive research and reading on how to teach and promote learning methods
7. Build the capacity of the community
The best teachers understand the importance of creating a supportive and collaborative environment. In addition to establishing a caring relationship with each student, the best teachers also cultivate healthy and respectful relationships between students.
8. High expectations for everyone
Research shows that teacher expectations have a huge impact on student performance. The best teachers have high expectations of all students.
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