Celebrate World Teachers' Day!

Are there meaningful teachers in your child's life? Since 1994, World Teachers' Day has been celebrated on October 5th. Organized by UNESCO and Education International, the day is about celebrating teachers, raising awareness and promoting important issues in education. The list presented here includes ten ways to make World Teachers' Day special in your community.

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1. Make It Viral

World Teachers' Day is about celebrating the teaching profession. Go to Twitter, Facebook or other social networking and get others excited about the special day. On Twitter, use the hashtag #wtd2011.

2. Recognize the 2011 Theme

The focus of this year's World Teachers' Day is 'Teachers for Gender Equality.' Your child can reach out to anyone from local school administrators to nationally-elected politicians and urge them to support fairness across gender lines for teachers.

3. Organize a Formal School Celebration

Encourage your child to organize an event at his or her school. This could be a rally, a musical performance or a series of skits. This is also a great leadership opportunity for your child.

4. Why Not a Flash Mob?

If a formal school event is too daunting, recommend that your child try a flash mob. Students could come together for a choreographed dance, song or other surprise demonstration in the cafeteria or a classroom.

5. Write a Letter

Does your child's favorite teacher know his or her special status? A letter, or even a simple thank you card, can make a teacher realize his or her efforts don't go unnoticed. While this could be a powerful message from a single child, it could also be a group message, such as a card signed by an entire class.

6. Write To a Newspaper

While a message to a single teacher is great, a message to thousands of readers about teachers can be better. Ask your child to write a letter to your local newspaper in appreciation of a favorite teacher. As a perk, your child may delight in seeing his or her name in print.

7. Feed Your Teachers

Teachers, like everyone else, need to eat. Whether they're staring down a huge stack of essays to grade or facing a long night of parent-teacher meetings, your child's teachers might be in need of help on the cooking front. While there's always the archetypal apple, don't shy away from a more substantial gesture, like a casserole.

8. Decorate the School

Decorating the hallways, teachers' lounge and other parts of the school is a great way to make World Teachers' Day festive. Encourage your child to make posters in honor of the day. You can also use balloons, streamers and other party supplies to make it fun.

9. Get Inspired with a Movie

To get your child in the right frame of mind for World Teachers' Day, look for an inspiring movie about teachers. There are many movies that might do the trick, including Stand and Deliver, Dangerous Minds, Mr. Holland's Opus, Dead Poets Society and To Sir, With Love.

10. Find Your Teachers

A teacher's influence doesn't end with graduation. In addition to having your child celebrate World Teachers' Day, think about reaching out to an old teacher of yours and telling him or her about the impact he or she had on your life. With Facebook and other Internet tools, reconnecting with former teachers is easier than ever before.

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