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  1. 1. Teachers Day – Honouring TeachersTeachers Day is celebrated as a tribute to the valuable contribution made by teachers to the society by imparting knowledgeand enlightening and shaping the career of students. Celebration of Teachers Day is fairly popular in many countries acrossthe world and is even acknowledged by UNESCO.For students, Teachers Day is an occasion to pay reverence and gratitude to teachers for their selfless effort in shapingtheir career and enriching the education system in the process.When is Teachers Day celebrated? The date for celebrating this special event varies from country to country across theworld. In India, Teachers Day is celebrated on the 5th of September every year, whereas, China celebrates this event on10th September every year. The celebration in each country is generally correlated to either significant personalities orachievements of milestone in the field of education. India celebrates Teachers Day on September 5 since 1962 as it is thebirth anniversary of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, a prominent thinker, philosopher and an educator. Across the nationtributes are paid to noted scholar and former president Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan to celebrate his birth anniversary. DrRadhakhrishnan believed that "teachers should be the best minds in the country".Most of the schools and institutions make elaborate preparations for the celebrations. The ceremony usually kicks off with awarm Teachers Day speech paying respect and thanking teachers for their contribution. This is often followed by a range ofcolourful cultural programs, feast and other activities which make the event special and memorable.A few traditional ways of celebrating the event include presenting colourful flowers, beautiful Teachers Day cards or gifts tothe teacher as tokens of love and admiration. But students often try innovative ways and ideas to celebrate Teachers Day.Some rely on creative and attractive Teachers Day greeting cards adorned with captivating and touchy quotes andmessages to convey the indebtedness unfailingly and also to capture the wonderful moments of the event. Others selectlovely and popular Teachers Day quotes to convey their inner feeling of love for their teacher.Sending animated or e-greeting card is also a rage in the contemporary times. Available absolutely free of cost, theseTeachers Day Greetings e-cards have become a preferred way to send warm wishes and shower emotions on teachers.Another modern and popular mode of wishing teachers today is the Teachers Day SMS. The advantage of sending SMS isthat the message reaches its destination promptly and rarely goes unnoticed. For the celebration of Teachers Day, the textmessages are available in varied languages allowing users to send SMS according to his/her preferred language.All of us have been students at some stage of our life and have benefited from our teachers. Celebration of Teachers Day isa wonderful opportunity especially for all of us to show our gratitude and appreciation to our teachers.
  2. 2. A collection of teacher appreciation quotes and appreciation poems that you may write to your teachers, leaders, pastors and counselors atschools and/or churches. These helped us so much and we are blessed by them. "whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me" ~Matthew 18:5 "Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." ~ 2 Timothy 4:2- "A great teacher is a great artist; his medium is not canvas, but the human soul." "Every calling is great when greatly pursued" ~ Oliver Wendall Holmes "A Good Teacher is like a candle it consumes itself to light the way for others." "The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth." ~Dan Rather "One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." ~ Carl Jung "A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils." ~Ever Garrison "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~ William A. Ward "One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." ~ Forest Witcraft "When God created teachers, He gave us special friends To help us understand His world And truly comprehend The beauty and the wonder Of everything we see, And become a better person With each discovery. When God created teachers, He gave us special guides To show us ways in which to grow So we can all decide How to live and how to do Whats right instead of wrong, To lead us so that we can lead And learn how to be strong. Why God created teachers, In His wisdom and His grace, Was to help us learn to make our world A better, wiser place. ― ~ Kevin William Huff "God understood our thirst for knowledge, and our need to be led by someone wiser; He needed a heart of compassion, of encouragement, and patience; Someone who would accept the challenge regardless of the opposition; Someone who could see potential and believe in the best in others... So He made Teachers" ~ Unknown
  3. 3. 21 Inspirational Teacher QuotesWritten by Lisa 10 February 2012 One CommentNeed a little pep in your step? A smile on your face? Or just something that makes you want toGo GetEm Tiger?Here are some of our favoirte inspirational teacher quotes.Write them on your board... post them to your Facebook... Tweet them... or add them to yourTeacher Learning Community profile page.Then add your OWN favorite quote in the comments area.1.) "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they arecapable of becoming." -- Goethe2.) "Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find theother three." --Confucius3.) "Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it.Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, andteachers." -- Richard Bach4.) "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope andconfidence." -- Helen Keller5.) "A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn ishammering on cold iron." -- Horace Mann6.) "The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to theuse of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others." -- Tyron Edwards7.) "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house Ilived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I madea difference in the life of a child." -- Forest Witcraft8.) "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- BenjaminFranklin9.) "It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted." -Linda Conway10.) "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." --Albert Einstein
  4. 4. 11.) "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of atleast one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement, and the mysteryof the world we live in." --Rachel Carlson12.) "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." --William Butler Yeats13.) "Dont limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You cango as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve." -- Mary Kay Ash14.) "We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacyof verbal instruction." -- Malcom Gladwel15.) "The greatest sign of a success for a teacher...is to be able to say, "The children are nowworking as if I did not exist." -- Maria Montessori16.) "Dont follow your dreams; chase them." - Richard Dumb (who we think is extra smart!!)17.) "The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life forourselves." - Helen Keller18.) "You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."- Anonymous19.) "The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have." - Leonard Nimoy20.) "The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to haveit make some difference that you have lived at all." - Leo Rosten21.) "Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love." David McCulloughAnonymousIf you can read this, thank a teacher.Albert EinsteinIt is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.John GarrettThe job of a teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life, so that the
  5. 5. growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder.Edmond H. FischerIt is commonly said that a teacher fails if he has not been surpassed by his students.David E. PriceThe impending teacher shortage is the most critical education issue we will face in the next decade.Malcolm S. ForbesEducations purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.Morihei UeshibaStudy how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holybooks and wise people. Everything -- even mountains, rivers, plants and trees -- should be your teacher.Richard BachLearning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching isreminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers and teachers.Thomas H. HuxleySit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humblywherever or whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.Inspirational Teacher QuotesInspirational Teacher Quotes that inspire and motivate are priceless. They help us to dream, toachieve and to overcome the problems and challenges in our lives. More importantly they alsohelp us change lives. The written word is extremely powerful.Please view our 2 minute Inspirational Teachers Quotes Slideshow below. It shows some of themost inspirational quotes we could find. If you would like a link on your website to this pageplease give us your name and email address HEREIf you are a student teacher and would like to see our Teacher Survival Guide Video please goHERE
  6. 6. InspirationalTeacher QuotesCome to the edge.We might fall.Come to the edge.Its too high!COME TO THE EDGE!And they cameand he pushedand they flew...Christopher LogueI have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that they are as few as there areany other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is thehuman mind and spirit.John SteinbeckWe must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.Robert H. ShafferBe a wonderful role model because you will be the window through which many children willsee their futureThomas Mckinnon
  7. 7. Judge each day, not by the harvest, but by the seeds you plant.You might be one person to the world, but the world to one young person.Share your knowledge. Its a way to achieve immortality.Tell me and I will forget,Show me and I will learn,Involve me and I will understandTeton Lakota (Indian saying)When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.Eleanor RooseveltYour greatest challenge might be to learn to love yourself.The highest reward for a persons toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.John RuskinThe best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everybody else upMark TwainInspirational Teacher QuotesThe difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary is the little extra.I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.Mark TwainThe greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is toolow and we reach it.Michelangelo "Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance" "He who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger" "Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star" Confucius was Ancient Chinas most famous teacher and philosopher. Learn more about Confucius and Chinese Culture for Kids here.The one thing in life that you can change is yourself, but sometimes that makes all the differenceto you and the world.
  8. 8. People spend a lifetime searching for happiness, peace and success. They chase idle dreams,addictions, and religions hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the onlyplace they ever needed to search was within.Dont let your past define who you are, but let it be part of who you will become.There is more to life than increasing its speed.Mahatma Ghandi Teachers day, Teachers Day IndiaTeachers Should Be Role ModelsA student spends 25,000 hours in the campus. The school must have the best ofteachers who have the ability to teach, love teaching and build moral qualities -A.P.J. ABDUL KALAMTeachers mold the lives that they influence. Lessons learned from teachers remainwith their students throughout life. Teachers that break down barriers and reachinto the souls of the students that they are responsible for do not get therecognition or gratitude they have earned. Many teachers are exhausted from theirworkload and responsibilities. They have their own families, financial and lifestresses that challenge them along with everyone else. We should always respectour teachers. Teachers need encouragement and support from the community tofeel that their devotion to students is appreciated.Socrates was an example of a good teacher. He considered himself a learner aswell as a teacher. For Socrates, love and friendship were the proper contexts forthe pursuit of wisdom and goodness. Socrates saw himself only as a catalyst. Hefelt it was not his teaching, but actually the power of the Divine which enabled theperson he was talking with to improve himself.In India 5th September is celebrated as Teachers day. 5th September is thebirthday of a great teacher Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. When Dr. Radhakrishnanbecame the president of India in 1962, some of his students and friendsapproached him and requested him to allow them to celebrate 5th September, his"birthday". In reply, Dr, Radhakrishnan said, "instead of celebrating my birthdayseparately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachersday". The request showed Dr.Radhakrishnans love for the teaching profession.From then onwards, the day has been observed as Teachers Day in India.
  9. 9. Following is the Full text of the Indian Presidents ( A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM )address on the eve of Teachers Day in India , 2003.Dear listeners of All India Radio and teachers, my greetings to all of you.I am talking to you on the special occasion of Teachers Day. On this day, we gratefully remember thegreat educationist Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, whose dream was that "Teachers should be the bestminds in the country". Hence, Teachers Day is very important for all our people, for our students andeven for all the parents, as the teachers lay the foundation for creating enlightened citizens for the nation.On this day, I would like to recall three teachers who helped me in shaping my life.To begin with I am going to talk to you about my father Janab Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen, as a teacher. Myfather taught me a great lesson when I was a young boy. What was that lesson? It was just after India gotIndependence. At that time Panchayat board elections took place at Rameswaram. My father was electedPanchayat Board member and on the same day he was also elected the president of the RameswaramPanchayat Board. Rameswaram Island was a beautiful place with 30,000 populations. At that time theyelected my father as Panchayat Board president not because he belonged to a particular religion or aparticular caste or spoke a particular language or for his economic status. He was elected only on thebasis of his nobility of mind and for being a good human being. Dear listeners, I would like to narrate oneincident that took place on the day he was elected president of the Panchayat Board.I was at that time studying in school. Those days we did not have electricity and we used to study underration kerosene lamps. I was reading the lessons loudly and I heard a knock at the door. We never usedto lock the door in Rameswaram in those days. Somebody opened the door, came in and asked mewhere my father was? I told him that father had gone for the evening namaz. Then he said, I havebrought something for him, can I keep it here? Since my father had gone for namaz, I shouted for mymother to get her permission to receive the item. Since she was also on the amaz there was no response.I asked the person to leave the item on the cot. After that I continued my studies.I used to learn by reading aloud in my younger days. I was reading loud and fully concentrating on mystudies. At that time my father came in and saw a tambalum kept in the cot. He asked me "What is this?Who has given that?" I told him, "Somebody came and has kept this for you". He opened the cover of thetambalum and found there was a costly dhoti, angawastram, some fruits and some sweets and he couldsee the slip that the person had left behind. I was the youngest child of my father, he really loved me andI also loved him a lot. He was upset at the sight of the tambalum and gifts.That was the first time I saw him very angry and also that was the first time I had got a thorough beatingfrom him. I got frightened and started weeping. My mother embraced and consoled me. Then my fathercame and touched my shoulder lovingly with affection and advised me not to receive any gift without hispermission. He quoted an Islamic Hadith, which states that, "When the Almighty appoints a person to aposition, He takes care of his provision. If a person takes anything beyond that, it is an illegal gain." Thenhe told me that it is not a good habit. A gift is always accompanied by some purpose and a gift is adangerous thing. It is like touching a snake and getting the poison in turn. This lesson stands out alwaysin my mind even when I am in my seventies. This incident, taught me a very valuable lesson for my life. Itis deeply embedded in my mind.I would like also to mention the writings in Manu Smriti which states that "By accepting gifts the divinelight in the person gets extinguished". Manu warns every individual against accepting gifts for the reasonthat it places the acceptor under an obligation in favour of the person who gave the gift and ultimately itresults in making a person to do things which are not permitted according to law.I am sharing this thought, with all of you, particularly the young ones, do not be carried away by any giftwhich comes with a purpose and through which one loses his personality greatly. Do you think, you can
  10. 10. follow this in your life? I will be very happy if you can practice this sincerely.When I think of my second teacher, I am reminded of my childhood days when I was studying in 8th classat the age of 13. I had a teacher, Shri Siva Subramania Iyer. He was one of the very good teachers in ourschool. All of us loved to attend his class and hear him. One day he was teaching about a birds flight. Hedrew a diagram of a bird on the blackboard depicting the wings, tail and the body structure with the head.He explained how birds create the lift and fly. He also explained to us how they change direction whileflying. For nearly 25 minutes he gave the lecture with various information such as lift, drag, how the birdsfly in a formation of 10, 20 or 30. At the end of the class, he wanted to know whether we understood howbirds fly. I said, I did not understand. When I said this, the teacher asked the other students whether theyunderstood or not. Many students said that they also did not understand. He did not get upset by ourresponse since he was a committed teacher.Our teacher said that he would take all of us to the sea shore. That evening the whole class was at thesea shore of Rameswaram. We enjoyed the roaring sea waves knocking at the sandy hills in the pleasantevening. Birds were flying with sweet chirping voice. He showed the sea birds in formations of 10 to 20numbers. We saw the marvellous formations of birds with a purpose and we were all amazed. He showedus the birds and asked us to see that when the birds fly, what they looked like. We saw the wingsflapping. He asked us to look at the tail portion with the combination of flapping wings and twisting tail.We noticed closely and found that the birds in that condition flew in the direction they desired. Then heasked us a question, "Where the engine is and how it is powered"?The bird is powered by its own life and the motivation of what it wants. All these things were explained tous within fifteen minutes. We all understood the dynamics from this practical example. How nice it was.Our teacher was a great teacher; he could give us a theoretical lesson coupled with a live practicalexample available in nature. This is real teaching. I am sure many of the teachers in schools and collegeswill follow this example.For me, it was not merely an understanding of how a bird flies. The birds flight entered into me andcreated a special feeling. From that evening, I thought that my future study has to be with reference toflight and flight systems. I am saying this because my teachers teaching and the event that I witnesseddecided my future career.Then one evening after the classes, I asked the teacher, "Sir, please tell me,how to progress further in learning all about flight." He patiently explained to me that I should complete8th class, and then go to high school, and then I should go to engineering college that may lead toeducation on flight. If I complete all my education with excellence, I might do something connected withflight sciences. This advice and the bird flying exercise given by my teacher, really gave me a goal and amission for my life. When I went to college, I took physics. When I went to engineering in Madras Instituteof Technology, I took aeronautical engineering.Thus my life was transformed as a rocket engineer, aerospace engineer and technologist. That oneincident of my teacher teaching the lesson, showing the visual live example proved to be a turning point inmy life which eventually shaped my profession.A student during his school life upto 10+2 spends 25,000 hours in the school campus. His life is, moreinfluenced by the teachers and the school environment. Therefore, the school must have the best ofteachers with ability to, teach and love teaching and build moral qualities. Teachers should become rolemodels. Similarly, the student must be alert to build himself with best of qualities and to get ignited with avision for his or her future life.I would like to share with you another experience with my teacher Prof. Satish Dhawan. First, I worked inDelhi with the Ministry of Defence. Later I joined the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) in 1958 at the Aeronautical Development Establishment at Bangalore. There with the advice ofthe Director, I took up the development of hovercraft. Hovercraft design needed the development of aducted contra-rotating propeller for creating a smooth flow balancing the torques. I did not know how to
  11. 11. design a contra-rotating propeller though I knew how to design a conventional propeller. Some of myfriends told me that I could approach Prof. Satish Dhawan of the Indian Institute of Science, who was wellknown for his aeronautical research, for help.I took permission from my Director Dr Mediratta and went to Prof Dhawan who was sitting in a small roomin the Indian Institute of Science with a lot of books in the background and a blackboard on the wall. ProfDhawan asked me what the problem was that I wanted to discuss. I explained the problem.. He told methat it was really a challenging task and he would teach me the design if I attended his classes in IIScbetween 2 pm to 3 pm on all Saturdays for the next six weeks.He was a visionary teacher. He prepared the schedule for the entire course and wrote it on the blackboard. He also gave me the reference material and books I should read before I start attending thecourse. I considered, this as a great opportunity and I started attending the discussion and startedmeeting him regularly. Before commencing each meeting, he would ask critical questions and assess myunderstanding of the subject. That was for the first time that I realized how a good teacher prepareshimself for teaching with meticulous planning and prepares the student for acquisition of knowledge. Thisprocess continued for the next six weeks. I got the capability for designing the contra-rotating propeller.Prof Dhawan told me that I was ready for developing the contra-rotating propeller for a given hovercraftconfiguration. That was the time I realized that Prof Dhawan was not only a teacher but also a fantasticdevelopment engineer of aeronautical systems.Later during the critical phases of testing, Prof Dhawan was with me to witness the test and find solutionsto the problems. After reaching the smooth test phase, the contra-rotating propeller went through 50hours of continuous testing. Prof Dhawan witnessed the test himself and congratulated me. That was agreat day for me when I saw the contra rotating propeller designed by my team performing to the missionrequirement in the hovercraft. However, at that time, I did not realize that Prof Dhawan would becomechairman, ISRO and that I would get the opportunity to work with him as a project director in thedevelopment of the satellite launch vehicle SLV-3 for injecting the Rohini satellite into the orbit. Naturehas its own way to link the students dream and real life later.This was the first design in my career which gave me the confidence to design many complex aerospacesystems in future. The hovercraft could fly just above the ground level carrying two passengers. I was thefirst pilot for this hovercraft and I could control and maneuver the vehicle in any direction. Through thisproject I learnt the techniques of designing and developing the contra-rotating propeller. Above all, I learntthat in a project, problems will always crop up; we should not allow problems to be our masters but weshould defeat the problems. Then successes will sparkle.The three teachers in my life; what did they give me? In an integrated way it can be said, that anyenlightened human being can be created by three unique characteristics. One is moral value system.That I got from my father the hard way. Secondly, the teacher becoming a role model. Not only does thestudent learn, but the teacher shapes his life with great dreams and aims. Finally, the education andlearning process has to culminate in the creation of professional capability leading to confidence and willpower to make a design, to make a product, to make a system, bravely combating many problems. Whata fortune and blessing I had from my three teachers.Among the listeners, there may be many parents, many teachers and a large number of students. Everyone of us in this planet creates a page in human history irrespective of who he/she is. I realize myexperience is a small dot in human life, but that dot has a life and light. This light, let it light many lamps.My best wishes to all of you on this occasion of Teachers Day. Thank you.
  12. 12. Did you know ?India also celebrates the birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former President and Vice-President and great statesman, as "Teachers Day".Born on September 5, 1888, at Tiruttani, 40 miles to the north-east of Madras,Radhakrishnan grew to become the most famous Indian teacher and philosopher of alltimes. In his honour, this day is celebrated as Teachers Day.He was also the Vice-President of India from 1952-1962. He held the office of theChancellor, University of Delhi, before taking over as the President of India in May 1962.Teachers Should Be Role ModelsA student spends 25,000 hours in the campus. The school must have the best of teacherswho have the ability to teach, love teaching and build moral qualities - A.P.J. ABDULKALAM (Text of Speech given on 5 Sep 2003)To visit this blog and read the full text of speech pl click on link below:http://caravanbpl.sulekha.com/blog/post/2008/05/teachers-should-be-role-models-speech-by-dr-a-p-j.htmSome quotes for youA good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others. ~AnonTeaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.~Jacques BarzunA good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.~Louis A. BermanA teachers purpose is not to create students in his own image,but to develop students who can create their own image. ~AnonTeaching is leaving a vestige of one self in the development of another. And surely the studentis a bank where you can deposit your most precious treasures. ~Eugene P. BertinThe true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have nodisciple. ~Amos Bronson Alcott
  13. 13. A central piece in Hindu scripture reads"Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwaraha - Gurussaakshaath param brahmatasmai shree gurave namaha,"which translates as"The Guru (Teacher) is the Lord Brahma (the Creator),the Guru is the Lord Vishnu (the Preserver),the Guru is the Lord Shiva (the Destroyer).The Guru is the Supreme Brahman (Ultimate Reality) visible to our eyes. To that Guru we offerour salutations" “ The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” ~ Edward Bulwer-LyttonIn India 5th September is celebrated as Teaches Day as a mark of tribute to the contributionmade by teachers to the society. 5th September is the birthday of a great teacher Dr. SarvapalliRadhakrishnan, who was a staunch believer of education, and was the well-known diplomat,scholar, President of India and above all a Teacher.When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India in 1962, he was approached by some ofhis students and friends and requested him to allow them to celebrate 5th September, his"Birthday". In reply, Dr.Radhakrishnan said, "Instead of celebrating my birthday separately, itwould be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers Day". The request showedDr.Radhakrishnans love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, the day has beenobserved as Teachers Day in India.One of the most celebrated writers in the modern India today his work varies on philosophical,theological, ethical, educational, social and cultural subjects. He contributed numerous articles todifferent well-known journals, which, are of immense value and seems to surprise variousreaders because of the depth in the meaning of the articles.
  14. 14. Teachers mold the lives that they influence because the lessons learned from teachers remainwith their students throughout life. We should always respect our teachers. Teachers needencouragement and support from the community to feel that their devotion to students isappreciated.Teachers DayTeachers Day is now one of the occasions that is looked forward by the teachers and studentsalike as on this occasion its not only when teachers are praised but also around various schoolsstudents dress up as a representation of their teachers and take various lectures that are assignedto the teachers they represent. As the day passes the students perform the regular activities thatare performed by the teachers. On this day students realize what it means to be a teacher andwhat it means to control the future of several students in their classes and also teachers arereminded what it felt like when they were the students.Apart from the fun aspect of the day it is also a day when one can look back, admire and getinspired by Dr. Radhakrishnan, a small town cunning boy, who grew up to become one of themost respected politicians in the history of democracy of India. A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.Teacher’s Day In IndiaSince times immemorial, Indians have respected and idolized their teachers. Earlier, we used to call ourteachers Guru and now its the contemporary Sir or Madam. Nevertheless, the role of teachers hasremained the same. They were, are and will continue to be our guiding light, creating conditions
  15. 15. conducive to our overall development. We will always be thankful to them for their constructivesupport. It is as an expression of this gratitude only that we celebrate Teachers Day in India.Teachers Day is a tribute to the hard work and devotion of the teachers all year long, to educate a child.In India, teacher’s day is celebrated on 5th of September every year. Indian Teacher’s Day is dedicatedto Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a zealous advocate of education and one of the greatestscholars and teachers of all times, apart from being the first Vice President and the second President ofIndia. As a mark of respect to this phenomenal teacher, his birthday came to be observed as Teacher’sDay in the country.On Teachers day, students across India dress up as their teachers and take lectures in classes that areassigned to the teachers they represent. Sometimes, teachers sit in their classes as students, trying torelive the time when they, themselves, were students. Also, functions are organized in schools on thespecial day, where students present dance performances, dramas, and various other programs toentertain their teachers. This day provides for a healthy interaction between teachers and students aswell.Dr. Sarvepalli RadhakrishnanDr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of the most distinguished diplomats, scholars and teachers ofIndia, apart from being the first Vice President and the second President of the country. As a tribute tothis great teacher, his birthday is observed as Teachers Day across India. As a matter of fact, when hisstudents and friends asked him for the permission to celebrate his birthday, it was he who asked themto celebrate the day as Teachers Day, honoring the efforts of teachers across the country.Indian Teachers Day HistoryIndia has been celebrating Teachers Day on 5th September, since 1962. The day commemorates thebirthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan, a philosopher and a teacher par excellence, and hiscontribution towards Indian education system. Dr Radhakhrishnan believed that "teachers should be thebest minds in the country". On this day, we gratefully remember the great educationist, apart fromhonoring all the teachers that have made our life much more knowledgeable and fulfilled, as serving asour beacons of light.