Teachers are the support system of students and their responsibility just doesn't limit to teaching but also encouraging and motivating the students. They are responsible for guiding students and shaping students' personalities. Teachers help students to pursue their interests and dreams and excel in their fields of passion. Although 5th September is the designated Teacher’s day, it should be celebrated every day to express our gratitude towards the teachers.
In this article, we will tell you why Teacher’s day is celebrated and why it should be celebrated every day.
Reason for Teacher’s Day celebration
Teacher’s Day is celebrated every day on 5th September due to the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second president of India. He served as a teacher, along with being a politician. He firmly believed in quality and promoted education at all levels for everyone. However, 5th September was not originally celebrated as Teacher’s Day, it was celebrated initially as Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday by his students. When his students asked him for permission to celebrate his birthday, he politely refused and asked them to celebrate that day as Teacher’s day. He said, “Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if 5th September is observed as Teachers' Day.”
Since that year, India celebrates the 5th September of every year as Teachers' Day, and the first celebration was observed in 1967.
Facts about Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Born in 1888, in the town of Tiruttani, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan belonged to a middle-class family. His father expected he would go on to become a priest, however, he displayed an interest in education from a very young age. Hence, he joined a well-known college at that time to study philosophy. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an intelligent man with excellent academic records. This helped him to receive scholarships throughout his academic life.
The progression of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in his professional life is an inspiration to many teachers in today's world. He joined as a faculty in Madras in Presidency College once he completed his education at Christian College. As a teacher, he was well-known and well-loved among his students and provided his students with valuable advice. He was soon offered a position as a professor at Calcutta University. Later, he served as the vice-chancellor of Andhra University. In 1939, he joined Banaras Hindu University as the vice-chancellor. Later in 1962, he was appointed the Vice President of the Republic of India.
Reasons why Teacher's Day should be celebrated every day
Every year Teacher’s Day is celebrated with enthusiasm. Various institutions appreciate the effort of teachers by conducting a celebration. On this special occasion, students thank educators for guiding and motivating them. Moreover, students often dress up as their beloved teachers to pay them respect and gratitude. Moreover, many schools and colleges also organize plays and other activities for teachers.
Below are some of the reasons why Teachers should be celebrated every day:
Teachers carry out their job every day
Teachers are assigned their job that goes on for 5 days or even 6 days a week. However, teaching is not just about delivering the lessons but ensuring that knowledge is passed across to the students. Therefore, it is necessary to celebrate the teachers around us and motivate them to continue teaching us wonderfully.
To show your gratitude
We often forget to show our gratitude to our teachers who continuously work to make this world a better place. Many things go into teaching including planning the lesson, delivering the lesson, helping students to inculcate the lesson and making them a better individual.
Teaching never stops
Although we think teaching ends once we are out of the classroom, it’s not true. Teachers teach beyond the subject. There are so many life lessons that are learned from a teacher and therefore, celebrating their contributions is necessary to express our gratitude toward them.
Ideas to show your gratitude to teachers
Greeting cards to show appreciation and gratitude
One of the most simple and nicest ways to express gratitude toward a teacher is to send them a greeting card. Although it seems simple, a greeting card can convey significant messages. With a little bit of creativity, greeting cards make a great token of appreciation.
Expressing gratitude verbally through a speech
Words have immense power and hence, delivering a heartfelt speech is an outstanding way to express gratitude. The speeches can include the teacher's contributions to the student's educational as well as personal growth. This makes the teachers aware of their impact on the students' lives.
Expression of gratitude and appreciation over social media
Social media is increasingly used in current days. Therefore, to express their gratitude to the students, they can use social media to upload content expressing their appreciation or even make a video through which the student explains the impact on their life due to teacher and appreciation.
Giving gifts is another excellent way to express gratitude toward a teacher. The gifts can be handmade or materialistic. Ordering some special food is also a great gift to give to the teacher. Some other gifts include an organiser, special stationary item or even books.
A great way to appreciate a teacher is to create a slideshow. It can contain pictures or videos from every student. It is extremely easy and thoughtful and is a combined effort of students that speaks volumes. Not only does a slideshow show appreciation and gratitude, but it also acts as a montage of memories.
Digital gift cards
In the current world, things have turned majorly digital and therefore, digital gift cards are excellent to show appreciation for teachers. The gift cards can be redeemed as per convenience. Most cards can be redeemed at bookstores, restaurants, and retail stores.
In conclusion, Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th September to celebrate Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday. However, teaching never stops and therefore, the teachers around us need to be celebrated every day. It is about celebrating the teacher's efforts and appreciating them to encourage them further. Various ways such as gift cards, slideshow, giving gifts and also giving verbal are some of the great ideas to express gratitude.