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5 simple teacher appreciation ideas for kids

My mom is one of those amazing people who have chosen to be a middle school math and science teacher. After teaching for the last 22 years, she is retiring at the end of May. I may be biased, but she is truly a remarkable teacher. She works long hours, voluntarily tutors students before and after school, and insists on testing with explanation-type questions as opposed to multiple choice questions because she feels it is a better way to assess student understanding. This means she frequently brings home large stacks of papers to correct. I have seen how she worries about certain students and continually seeks to find new and better teaching methods. She tirelessly reaches out to parents and does an excellent job at communicating with them. And she even remains calm when working with the frazzled and sometimes mean you-must-be-doing-something-wrong-because-my-child-is-failing-math parents. She amazes me! Perhaps because I grew up observing what it takes to be a fantastic teacher, I have made a consistent effort to show gratitude and appreciation to the teachers of my own children throughout each school year.
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Write a lucky limerick

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quick. Grab a pen and write a limerick. Be a rhyming rockstar, you’re sure to go far, and a lucky winner we’ll pick. Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? You have something clever to say? Join in the fun, add in a pun, And encourage your friends to play. Try writing your own limerick. Write it down with a leaded stick. Make it divine, and submit it online. Your limerick we’re sure to pick. Join in the St. Patrick’s Day fun by entering our annual limerick writing contest. To help you along the way, we've created a fun little video about writing limericks, hosted by Nick from the Imagine Learning software. Nick teaches students how to write limericks step-by-step, and explains the process by sharing his own limericks. Teachers, get your students involved! This video is the perfect way to begin an engaging lesson plan on limerick writing. You can also watch the video on Vimeo. We hope you have fun trying your hand at poetry writing! Submit entries in the comments section below. We will award prizes to the top three limericks. Prize Pot-o-gold: 1st prize: a $25 Amazon gift card 2nd prize: a Booster bobblehead 3rd prize: a talking Mike the Microphone plush toy We’ll accept submissions through end-of-day Monday, March 17th. Special consideration will be given to limericks with an educational flavor, and also to student submissions. Check back often to see the entries—and the lucky winners. You’ll be green with envy. Good luck (o’ the Irish) to everyone! Nick's Limerick Video Lyrics: Hello! How are you? I’m Nick. Here to teach you a fun little trick. To have a good time when writing a rhyme try writing your own limerick! There are limericks of all different kinds. So how do you write one that shines? You’ll see that it’s cool if you follow the rule: a limerick is made of five lines. So listen close to this song. Lines one, two and five are all long. And in poems of this sort make lines three and four short and I promise you’ll never go wrong. You need to be sure and contrive to rhyme lines one, two, and five Then do it once more with lines three and four and your limerick surely will thrive! So let these pointers take hold And if you’ll write as you were told at the rainbow’s end you’ll find there my friend your own limerick pot o’ gold!
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