National Teachers Day

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Hold on to your chalk and grab your apple! It's time we discuss a day which, if we're being quite frank, should probably be celebrated more than once a year: National Teachers' Day. We know you've been wondering when it is, why is it so special, and how to celebrate? Well, let's dive in!

When is Teachers Day?

It's national teachers day on the 9th May.

History of National Teachers' Day

National Teachers' Day didn't just sprout up from the last piece of homework you forgot to hand in, it actually has quite an interesting history. The day you might have noticed everyone giving shiny apples to the teacher wasn't just a bizarre fruit appreciation day, but a special day to appreciate the incredible people who dedicate their lives to bestowing knowledge upon us.

Though celebrated by various countries on different dates, National Teachers' Day in the U.S. is held on the Tuesday of the first full week of May. We actually have Eleanor Roosevelt to thank for this, as she pushed for a day to honor teachers back in the 1950s.

Why it's special?

Let's be real: teachers are basically superheroes in disguise, tackling knowledge monsters and arming us with powerful spells called ‘education’. National Teachers' Day is unique because it gives us a chance to express our gratitude towards these tireless warriors.

How to celebrate?

No, you do not need to give them an apple - although we're sure they wouldn't mind. A simple 'Thank You' would suffice, but if you want to go the extra mile, why not write a heartfelt note or even organize a small appreciation event? The principal's support might help!

Online mentions

From our observations, we noticed around 7804 online mentions of National Teachers' Day, reaching its peak on May 9th, 2017. Who knew so many people love teachers that much? It's a great reminder of how universally appreciated our educators are!

History behind the term 'Teachers'

450 BC

Ancient Greek Origins

The term 'teachers' finds its roots in ancient Greece around 450 BC. In Greek, the word 'didaskalos' referred to a person who imparted knowledge and educated students. These early teachers had a significant impact on society as they played a vital role in shaping the minds of the youth.

384 BC

The Philosopher-Teacher

In 384 BC, the world was introduced to one of the most influential teachers in history, none other than Aristotle. Aristotle's teachings at his renowned school, the Lyceum, emphasized the importance of knowledge and critical thinking. His groundbreaking work in various disciplines like philosophy, science, and politics further elevated the status of teachers in society.

609 AD

The Rise of Islamic Education

During the Islamic Golden Age, starting around 609 AD, teachers were highly regarded for their contributions to education and scholarship. Islamic schools, known as madrasas, became centers of learning and played a crucial role in the preservation and development of knowledge. Islamic scholars such as Al-Farabi and Ibn Sina (Avicenna) left an indelible mark on the history of teaching.

17th Century

Emergence of Modern Teaching

The 17th century marked a turning point in the evolution of teaching. With the advent of formal education systems, teachers began to follow structured curricula and adopt standardized teaching methods. Prominent educators like John Amos Comenius, often referred to as the 'Father of Modern Education,' introduced innovative ideas on pedagogy and emphasized treating teaching as a profession.

19th Century

Teacher Training and Women Educators

In the 19th century, teacher training institutions emerged, promoting professional development for educators. This shift led to a new generation of highly skilled teachers. Moreover, this era witnessed the rise of women educators like Emma Hart Willard and Mary Lyon, who played a crucial role in advocating for women's access to education and establishing women's colleges.

20th Century

Education Reforms and Pedagogical Approaches

The 20th century witnessed significant educational reforms and the development of various pedagogical approaches. Renowned educators like Maria Montessori and John Dewey revolutionized teaching methods by emphasizing self-directed learning and hands-on experiences. The role of teachers expanded beyond imparting knowledge to fostering critical thinking, creativity, and personal development.

21st Century

Technology Integration and Global Education

In the 21st century, teachers continue to evolve in response to technological advancements and the growing demand for global education. The integration of technology in classrooms has transformed teaching methods and provided new opportunities for collaborative and personalized learning experiences. Teachers now have access to vast digital resources, enabling them to engage with students in innovative ways and prepare them for the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Did you know?

Did you know that National Teacher Day was officially recognized by the U.S. Congress in 1980, marking a major milestone for teacher appreciation nation-wide?


Fun Awareness Teachers Education Appreciation Day

First identified

12th March 2015

Most mentioned on

9th May 2017

Total mentions


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