5 Videos That Will Show You Why You Need to Thank a Teacher Today [LIST]

Start off the school year right by showing some gratitude to a beloved instructor

Sep 8, 2014

Image from Flickr user cybrarian77

Most kids are kicking off their school year with a new classroom, fresh back-to-school clothes and supplies to last the year. While some students might have a new teacher and others return to the same one, educators are the backbone to making a school year wonderful. Many of these helpful instructors toil day in and out to ensure that their students are receiving a quality education, going the extra mile to make the classroom a safe place of learning, respect and fun. In honor of those teachers who do more than just teach, here is a lovely list of five videos paying tribute. Which teacher impacted you the most? Please share your stories below in comments.  

1. CELEBRITY THANK-A-THON
Jon Hamm, Juliette Lewis and Minnie Driver are among some of the celebs giving a shout out to past teachers in this beautiful Take Part video.
BEST LINE: I am who I am because I had a great teacher.

2. A DAY IN THE LIFE
Buzzfeed provides a loving and humorous glance into a day in the life of a teacher. The video is comprised of a series of challenges and funny obstacles that a teacher has to face on a regular basis.
BEST LINE: Where did my sister come from?

3. KID PRESIDENT SHOWS HOW TO REALLY GIVE THANKS TO A TEACHER
Mrs. Flexer has been a 1st grade teacher for over 41 years, and upon retirement, her colleague contacted Kid President to make sure she received a nice send off. What she didn’t expect was a surprise of a lifetime with former students coming to say how she personally helped them along the way.
BEST LINE: I was a timid little blonde, and your love for me gave me the confidence to grow into the woman who I am today.

4. ANIMATED GRATITUDE
This beautiful video from Mudpies and Butterflies shows that a teacher’s work is never done. Set to a blue background with words and images seamlessly changing, the clip breaks down the role that teachers have in their students’ lives and their ability to enact positive change.
BEST LINE: Looking out into a sea of students, a teacher sees the possibility in every child.

5. THE LESSON OF LOVE
While a bit lengthy at 12 minutes, this moving New York Times mini biography of teacher Jeffrey Wright is well worth the watch. The dedicated teacher spellbinds his students with his off-the-wall science experiments, but also connects with them on a deeper level as he shares his own personal challenges.
BEST LINE: The reason why things work is love.