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Inspiring words for Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6, 2013

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week! I hope every teacher out there feels the love they deserve during this week of national celebration. Big or small, I know each gesture is appreciated.

Rita Pierson, a 40-year teaching veteran, shares her teaching philosophy in a very touching TED talk, Every kid needs a champion. Watching her talk is a great way to spend 8 minutes this week. You'll laugh along with her as she astutely observes "You know your toughest kids are never absent. Never." And, if you're like me, you'll hope you touched the life of at least one student the way Ms. Pierson must reach hers.

"We can do this. We're educators. We're born to make a difference."

Thank you, Ms. Pierson. And thank you to every teacher reading this post.

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Roundup of teacher appreciation ideas
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Teacher appreciation a few months early
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