Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week

I could spend hours perusing vintage magazines and reading old newspaper clippings. They provide such interesting insight into history that a textbook or work of fiction can seldom provide in such accurate and vivid detail. 

Although completely outdated, I was delighted to find this gem: On February 23, 1953, the cover of LIFE magazine featured Dallas school teacher, Nell Owen, naming her 'Prettiest U.S. Teacher.' 

That's quite the superlative.

I will say that my first grade teacher, Mrs. Kraus, was my prettiest teacher. She reminded me of a Barbie doll. Not only was she pretty, but she also taught me how to read, and that's really what I'll remember her best for. 

If I had to choose just a few things that I would like my students to remember me for, it would be that I treated every student in my classroom with respect and kindness. I must stay diligent in my ways these last few weeks of school or there's a good chance I could be remembered by some as a grouch. Kindness and respect needs to be at the forefront of my mind in everything I say and do, even though some days it can be tough. Fortunately, it's Teacher Appreciation Week, so that's keeping me positive. 

Who was your most inspiring teacher? The most creative? The most intelligent? The zaniest? The kindest? The prettiest or most handsome? 

Don't forget to thank a teacher this week!

1 comment:

Sally said...

I saw this and immediately starting writing a rant about views on women, beauty and sexuality in the US in 1953 v how things are in Italy in 2012. Italy is far far worse today than the US ever was. So I'll save the rant and other thoughts for a more appropriate outlet at a later time :)

This is too funny though. I have several favorite teachers from over the years; one was my 3rd AND 4th grade teacher, another my 8th grade social studies teacher and several of my high school teachers as well. My favorites all had different strengths and styles of teaching, however, they also had one thing in common, which was that they treated me like a person - an independent thinker - rather than just another face in the classroom. They all made me feel like I was capable and mature, and they respected me and my decisions.

Teachers rock. They have one of the hardest jobs on the planet and don't get paid near enough to do it. Rock on, Miss Allison.

- From your #1 Italian fan.