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When is National Teacher Appreciation Day?

Tuesday of the first full week in May is National Teacher Appreciation Day.

What is National Teacher Appreciation Day?

The average teacher is fairly normal, except for one trait: they choose to devote their time and energy to developing the future of human society. That’s a big deal. For their dedication, their patience, and their part in shaping the future, National Teacher Appreciation Day celebrates the nation’s teachers.

Education is difficult and rewarding. Teachers in the media are often portrayed as harried burnouts incapable of surviving a real job. Well, that’s false. They say you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. And yet, these men and women show up to inspire, encourage, and motivate the nation’s students to higher levels of learning and social conduct.

Teachers deserve our appreciation. Landing near the end of the school year, National Teacher Appreciation Day is the perfect chance to express our gratitude for their investment in our children’s future.

Fun facts about National Teacher Appreciation Day!

A 2009 Pew survey found that Americans held teachers to be the second most important occupation contributing towards society’s well-being. Only the military ranked higher.

Teachers average about 52 work hours a week. Their contracts don’t take into account hours spent lesson planning after school or grading on the weekends.

U.S. educators tend to make 14% less money than people in professions requiring similar levels of education.

How to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day:

Write notes expressing gratitude to outstanding teachers you know.

Send your children to school with gifts for their teachers. (Tip: Teachers generally prefer gift cards and gold watches over apples and inspirational desk decor.)

What’s the hashtag for National Teacher Appreciation Day?

Use #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeachersDay on social media to show your support for the nation’s educators.