Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

May 7th is National Teacher Appreciation Day.  Our friends over at VolunteerSpot probably have all kinds of great ideas on how to appreciate your favorite teachers.

I have never really been the Martha Stewart room mom with the perfect cupcakes or the perfect Teacher Appreciation gift.  But I do appreciate those people with that talent.

And I do appreciate our teachers.  It's a crazy job with super high expectations.  People drop off their kids and expect the teachers to be perfect (some are) and to make sure that their kid, no matter how unruly, is safe and will learn something that day.   Often times teachers and administrators end up spending their entire day dealing with cyberbullying issues and have a hard time even getting to the teaching part.  In classrooms today there is a huge disparity of knowledge from the gifted kid to the challenged kid to the kid who really doesn't care to be there - and our teachers are tasked with teaching them all at the same time.

Snaps to all those teachers going in there day after day with a renewed hope that they will make a difference even if it is only for one kid.

So, while I was looking for a great picture of a teacher to accompany this post I typed in the keyword "teacher" and came across this picture of H.P. Blavatsky.  She lived in the 1800's and was a teacher of Theosophy.  Basically, theosophy is an occult type study.  She explains it as being a blend of Science, Religion and Philosophy.  In her book The Studies of Occultism she talks about using your power for good not evil, although, admittedly, I have only skimmed through a few pages so far and so am not giving a full book review here.  I am not a supporter of occult studies or the Dark Arts but I have found Helena's life story fascinating.  She was born in Russia and traveled through Asia and the Middle East in pursuit of wisdom.  Her curiosity led her on some amazing adventures.  Her wikipedia page is amazing and I would love to read her travel journals (if they existed - I haven't found any clues to the existence of a travel journal by HP Blavatsky but would love to read that if it existed).

There are two titles by her available for free on the Gutenberg Project site:

Studies in Occultism
From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

She is also credited with the translation for Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Grand Inquisitor

CLICK HERE to check out her other books available on Amazon.

On May 7th be sure to let the teachers in your life know how much you appreciate them.  Perhaps one fantastic way to celebrate this day is to honor the teachers in your life by being curious and learning something new today.