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Thank a Teacher Today, via Collaboration with a Purpose

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Folks, this is the latest in a series of blogs done under the aegis of Collaboration with a Purpose. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Collab with a purpose profession

Today, I want to thank teachers. All of them, in all of their various permutations.

Why? Well, without people willing to teach, we’d not be able to learn…and without people putting themselves out there selflessly, maybe no one would learn anything at all.

Some of you have to be saying, “Barb, why are you saying this so strongly? What’s the point? Yeah, teachers are great and all, but why glorify them above other professions?”

(Which, by the way, is the point of this whole post. The Collaboration with a Purpose topic this time, as you see from the lovely picture Nicolle K. put together, was “Thank a profession.” But I digress.)

I know that one of the reasons I have the thirst for knowledge and learning is because of how I was taught, from the time I was very young, by many people in my life. Not just my elementary and secondary school teachers, but by my parents, my grandparents, my Aunt Laurice (who taught me a few chords on the piano when I asked, though I promptly forgot them when I went away from her and the piano)…without my mother and grandmother teaching me to read, spell, and do simple sums, I would’ve been at a grave disadvantage when I turned up in kindergarten.

And then, along the way, I discovered more about music. My first music teacher helped me learn how to play the oboe, and then there was a huge teacher’s strike that lasted months.

But by that time, I was hooked. I played for my grandmother, who watched me and my sibs as we waited out the teacher’s strike. I played for my parents, when they came home from work. And I worked my way through three different books, learning more notes and fingerings and songs, to the point I nearly made my teacher cry — with happiness, mind — when we finally resumed school.

And I was sent to a private teacher, who taught me more…and another teacher, who taught me even more…

You get my drift, yes?

Anyway, without teachers, especially in childhood when our minds are malleable, it would be much harder to get into a habit of lifelong learning. And that is vitally important, especially in this day and age when technology seemingly changes on a dime and there are constant and inevitable changes to deal with, just different ones at different times.

And I also want to thank the librarians, teachers in their own right, who helped point me in the right direction after I realized I wanted to learn even more after school was over.

Without all of them, I think I would’ve turned out to be a much different, and far lesser, person.

So, thank you, teachers! Thanks for the help, and the guidance, and the learning, and for passing it along.

And bless you for all you do.

Written by Barb Caffrey

October 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

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  3. Thank you for this!

    Author: Sadaf Siddiqi

    October 5, 2017 at 10:23 am

  4. […] Barb Caffrey @ Barb Caffrey’s Blog (“So, if you believe in any sort of Higher Power, one of the things you need to remember is to forgive yourself once in a while.”) Teacher […]

  5. This is beautifully written. I agree that teachers don’t have to just be those at school. Parent, grandparents, etc are all teachers too!

    Ipuna Black

    October 5, 2017 at 11:17 am

    • Thanks, Ipuna! 🙂

      I think in life we all teach some, we all learn something (at least, I hope we learn), and then we all should try to go out and do something positive with what we just learned.

      Barb Caffrey

      October 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm

  6. What a beautiful post! I agree that there are more teachers than those at school. They are all superstars and deserve our appreciation. Thank you for this!

    Jainey

    October 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm

  7. This is a beautiful tribute to teachers! Without them, we certainly wouldn’t have learned as much as we do. 😀

    Nicolle

    October 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm

  8. Awww, thank you for reminding me about my music (piano) teacher. I had three piano teachers and only on of them became my favorite. I memorized three pieces because of her. Yes, I agree. We need to thank our teachers for being so patient with us and for believing in us. Great post!

    Mylene Orillo

    October 5, 2017 at 10:58 pm

  9. […] buddies came up with some great blogs this time, and I wanted to make sure you knew about them. (My blog, of course, thanked teachers, but there are all sorts of other professions to thank…) So, without further ado, […]

  10. […] Barb Caffrey @ Barb Caffrey’s Blog (“So, if you believe in any sort of Higher Power, one of the things you need to remember is to forgive yourself once in a while.”) Teacher […]


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