We Need To Be More Appreciative Of Our Teachers

We Need To Be More Appreciative Of Our Teachers

All teachers, at every level of education, are vital to a functional society.

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I'm pretty sure you can ask anyone who has been through grade school, and they will be able to tell you about a teacher who made a positive impact on their life.

Teachers are not given the credit they deserve. They are more than just educators--and even then, why are we not thanking the people who teach our children? They are more than just brief parts of a child's life. A teacher can be a friend, a leader, a protector, and a lifelong influence.

There's more to being a teacher than meets the eye.

Their jobs do not start and end with the school day, as a lot of other 9-5 jobs do. Their job starts when they wake up early in the morning so they can be in the classroom, getting things ready for the day. Their job ends late at night, once they've finished grading all of their papers and making lesson plans for the next day.

Everyone jokes about how little teachers make, and that just speaks to the heart teachers have. Even in spite of their classically low salaries, many teachers go above and beyond to help their students, including using their own limited income to their students' benefit. They buy decorations for their classrooms. Many buy supplies for the less fortunate children, and many others keep extra food in their rooms for any children who don't have access to food at home. I've read some stories about teachers who even buy their students clothes when they can't afford clean/new ones, to avoid being excluded or bullied by their peers.

Teachers are also protectors. We underestimate the investment they make in each of their students. There is a heartbreaking number of stories online of teachers who have taken a child's wellbeing into their own hands, calling CPS when they think the child is in danger at home and extending their helping hands outside of school hours to keep the child afloat. Teachers see everything. They see when a child is struggling, at home or in school, and they make efforts to help.

There are certainly some unkind teachers out there, don't get me wrong. But nearly every teacher I've ever encountered became a teacher for no reason other than the pure desire to help children learn and excel. That's an honorable task to take on and by no means an easy one.

I had so many wonderful teachers throughout grade school that are living proof of the impact a teacher can have on a child. Many might think I've forgotten about them and what they did for me, but I haven't. My kindergarten assistant teacher loved me and made kindergarten an easy transition for an otherwise shy little girl. My second-grade teacher was a friend to me even after I left her class; we wrote letters back and forth all summer, and I still have them to this day. When I had anxiety problems in fourth and fifth grade, my guidance counselor let me eat lunch in her classroom.

My sixth-grade homeroom teacher told me at the end of the year not to let the other kids corrupt me, the quiet girl with no friends and crooked glasses who read books every morning amongst my considerably rowdier classmates. My freshman year English teacher, and later my senior year AP seminar supervisor, listened to all of my problems and gave me some of the best advice (even if I didn't listen – I still appreciated it).

My boyfriend's mother and my best friend's mother are both teachers. I see the effort and the love they put into their work, even outside of the classroom.

So to all of the teachers out there who may feel invisible or insignificant – you are truly doing God's work, and many of us know that. You make an impact on every child who passes through your classroom. From a woman who has been shaped by the hands of her many teachers, from the bottom of my heart... thank you for everything you do. You don't hear that enough.

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Second Half Of The Semester Problems, As Told By Michael Scott

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The second half of spring semester is so bittersweet. The fun of spring break is sadly behind us, but we have the promise of summer to keep us going. We all know this struggle, and apparently, so does Michael Scott from "The Office."

You have absolutely no motivation to do your schoolwork after tasting the freedom of spring break.

Spring break has left you broke as a joke for the rest of the semester.

Your professors expect you to memorize an entire textbook before final exams.

You thought the semester was going extremely well until all of your professors decided to bombard you with assignments all at once.

You pull multiple all-nighters and practically overdose on caffeine just to get your homework done.

You just pretend your homework doesn't exist until you literally can't anymore.

All of your friends are getting into serious relationships but you are still single.

Your professors tell you that there won't be any extra credit opportunities before the semester ends.

All your friends are out having fun and partying when you have a morning class the next day.



When you do finally get to go out, you go a little too hard to make up for lost time.

You and your friends are supposed to be in a study group but you end up just goofing off the whole time instead.

That one annoying student in class reminds the professor that there was homework.

When your professor is still trying to lecture even after your class is supposed to be over.

You realize you only have a few short weeks left until final exams start.

You get a bad grade on an assignment you thought you did well on.

You are almost asleep, but then remember that you had homework due the next morning.

Your classes drag on for what feels like hours when in reality it's only been a few minutes.

You have multiple assignments and projects that start to all blur together by the end of the semester.

You have essays that you have to completely BS because you have no idea what to write about.

Your parents, family members or advisors ask you about your future plans even though you have no idea what to do.

Your professors lecture you on topics that you won't be tested on.

You procrastinate on your homework until the very last minute in hopes of finishing it the day before.

You realize you've been studying for so long you haven't left your house all day.

When exams finally come and you feel totally unprepared.

You start to think of extreme methods to pass your exams instead of just actually studying.

Keep your head up, fellow student. I know it's long and hard, but you will definitely make it through the rest of this semester!

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.

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So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?

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And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?

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Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?

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And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?

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Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?

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What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.

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Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?

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What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?

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Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?

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Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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