This week, May 2 - 7, 2010, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week and honor teachers like you for your hard work and dedication to the betterment of your students. As a former teacher, I understand the special qualities required to mentor and guide students in today’s classroom, and the countless hours and many sacrifices, both in the classroom and behind the scenes, that must be devoted to provide an exceptional education for your students. I speak for all of the dedicated staff here at CYLC when I sincerely thank you for your devotion to your students each and every day, as you provide them with the tools necessary to succeed in school and in life.We want to show you our appreciation for continuing to inspire your students each and every day by giving you a copy of Erik Weihenmayer's book, Touch the Top of the World. In this book, Erik depicts his blind climb to the top of Mount Everest, a true story that I hope you will find to be as inspirational in your life as I have in mine. Please e-mail me your name and mailing address, and I will send the book directly to you.
Please see this month's lesson plan which focuses on ways to help your students show appreciation for others. Students often have difficulty finding the appropriate way to express their appreciation and gratitude. This is certainly an area that differs by age group, so like last month, your lesson plan is tailored to be used specifically with your students age group. Also, I encourage you to review our Today in Education section, as we continue to share captivating stories from other teachers classrooms around the country.
As you celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week, I certainly hope that your students (and their parents) realize the profound impact you have on their lives.