Sunday, May 9, 2021

Teutopolis marks American Education Week


Students and staff at Teutopolis Grade School in Illinois celebrated a different theme on each day last week as part of annual American Education Week festivities, the Effingham Daily News reports.

One big question on Tuesday, which was “Favorite Team Day,” as everyone who ever lived in Central Illinois knows, was: Cardinals or Cubs?

“I have always been a Cardinal fan,” the paper quoted sixth-grade teacher Jamie Habing as saying, as she sported a Cardinal cap and jersey. “It’s a family tradition. Everybody in my family was a Cardinal fan, and I married into a Cardinal family.”

Nationally, American Education Week has been celebrated since 1921, so it’s now in its 96th year. On Friday of the week, students have traditionally marked Substitute Educators Day to honor the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.

The National Education Association, a teachers’ union that represents teachers in almost every state, took a poll among teachers, asking them who they would pick to be a substitute teacher. The winner of the poll was Ellen DeGeneres with 63 percent of the vote, but TV personalities like Anderson Cooper, Wendy Williams, and Julie Chen also ranked. Kids mostly chose fictional characters, as in the video above.

  • Who would you ask to be a substitute teacher at your school?

The week actually opens up several teaching opportunities in schools across America. Teutopolis Grade School Principal Angie Sheehan told the Daily News that the different themes, such as Superhero Day on Monday, can help. “It’s all to motivate the children and make them feel good about their education,” she said. “Some of this is something we reinforce every day, such as having a good attitude toward one another and what we are trying to accomplish.”

Paul Katula
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