Elementary School Teacher Day
the third Monday in January
Do you remember your elementary school days? Is there a teacher you particularly liked, whose influence you carry with you until the present day? Elementary School Teacher Day is dedicated to all the teachers that help mold young minds during their formative years. It is a day to thank retired and current elementary school teachers for all they have done to help students.
Elementary schools are part of primary education, and they educate students from about the age of four to eleven, or from pre-kindergarten or kindergarten to fifth grade. Their focus is on socialization and basic academic skills, which are fundamentals that will help students throughout their lives. Most elementary school teachers have a bachelor's or master's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and have classrooms with 20 to 30 students with diverse needs.
Elementary schools originally were synonymous with primary schools and went to grade eight. Following World War I, junior high schools came about, which educated students between their elementary and secondary school years. At that time, elementary schools usually educated students from the age of kindergarten through sixth grade. In the 1960s, a shift from junior high schools to middle schools began, and sixth grade began being included in middle schools. Since then, elementary schools have usually gone through fifth grade.
How to Observe Elementary School Teacher Day
Celebrate the day by thanking elementary school teachers for the work they do preparing young minds for their future. Perhaps there is an elementary school teacher you had while growing up that you are particularly fond of that you could reach out to today. Or maybe you have children who are of elementary school age right now and could thank their teachers for the help they do in educating your children. Perhaps your child could even bring them a gift out of appreciation.