I have a yearly rant that I cannot believe in nine years I have not published here: Teacher Appreciation Week needs to be moved to February!
National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6 this year and the celebration week is May 5 to the 9. Teacher Appreciation Day always hits in early Mary.
There is simply too much stuff going on in May as school is letting out (end-of-year parties, concerts, promotion ceremonies, awards nights) to properly — and without ripping you hair out — honor teachers the way they should be honored.
In Georgia I would stand up every year at the first PTA meeting and ask can we please move Teacher Appreciation Week to February when there is nothing going on! Other than Valentine’s Day there is nothing big going on. It’s bleak outside, and that would be a lovely time of year to bring in cheerful daily treats for a teacher. They would always vote me down and tell me that the national one is in May and that’s why we do it in May.
I suspect that the National one is in May because schools across the country used to let in June so it wasn’t back-to-back with school getting out! They need to adjust the celebration week to when schools let out now. (I know up North they still let out in mid-June but that’s really the only place that still does that.)
Also to be perfectly frank as a room mom, you could collect money for an end-of-the-year present much more easily if Teacher Appreciation Day was further away from it. As it is this year, I am embarrassed to ask the parents to give for a present the first week or May and the third week of May so our class has no formal plans for an end-of-year present.
I know I am not the only one who feels this way. I hear from so many room moms who are responsible for these activities and little presents, and they all feel overwhelmed. One sweet mother who acts as room mom for multiple classes in Gwinnett posted the saddest, most stressed out note the other day. She had so much on her plate and she felt like a failure because she hadn’t gotten her Teacher Appreciation plan notes out to the parents multiple weeks ahead of time. God bless her she felt so bad. And it’s just crazy for her to feel that stressed out.
Here is the history of Teacher Appreciation Week from the Huffington Post if you’re wondering:
“The National Education Association describes the festivities as “honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”
The history of National Appreciation Week, and National Appreciation Day, is not certain. The movement for such an observance is commonly thought to have begun around the time of World War II and Eleanor Roosevelt made a major push for the day in 1953.
Congress declared a National Teacher Day in 1980 and in 1985 the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) established National Teacher Week as the first week of May. It has been celebrated annually since.”
So what do you think: Should Teacher Appreciation Week be moved to February nationally? Would that be a less stressful, less eventful time to honor our teachers? Are the room moms stressed pulling events together at the end of the year? What’s an argument to keep it in May? Is there one?