Think back to your school days and remember the teachers who impacted your life the most. The ones who stayed late after the last bell rang to help you study more, recommended you books to read outside of class, and gave up their lunch breaks to talk you through another teenage existential crisis. To honor these dedicated educators, and others just like them, UNESCO proclaimed October 5th as World Teachers’ Day back in 1994.
Since then, this annual, worldwide day of recognition has represented a significant token of awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the vital contributions that teachers make to the field of education. And this year, it’s time to give a little something back to the underappreciated folks who are developing the global citizens of humanity’s future.
Make Every Day Teacher Appreciation Day
Strangely enough, teaching is one of society’s most central and vital professions, and yet it doesn’t receive the respect it deserves in some parts of the world, especially in the United States. So, if there’s an important teacher in your life now, or if your kids have a favorite teacher of their own, then today’s the day to show them how grateful you are for both their wisdom and their dedication.
And what’s the best thing to complement a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the lives of the world’s educators? A gift that’ll make their rough jobs easier every single day! With that in mind, here are three great options that’ll last much longer than an apple.
As one wise teacher-educator has been repeating for decades, “A teacher on the feet is worth three in the seat.” The more a teacher walks around the classroom, the more his or her students tend to pay attention and learn. However, all that standing and walking for nearly 8 hours a day will take a toll on anyone’s feet. But, with the VARIDESK Anti-Fatigue Comfort Floor Mat, you can keep them walking and happy for days.
Brought to you by the same folks who created the VARIDESK, this durable mat cushions and supports your feet, knees, hips, and back as you work. It even helps to alleviate any pain your teacher may already be experiencing, and it most definitely helps to prevent fatigue. And even though this companion accessory was designed to fit at your standing desk, it can, of course, be placed anywhere in the classroom, likely by the teacher’s podium.
The comfort mat is 5/8″ tall, and its solid, high-density core provides sturdy, cushioned, long-lasting support for the entire body – providing just the right balance of cushioning and firmness. It’s also 20″ tall x 34″ wide, and its edges are beveled, so they’ll never curl, and it’ll keep the mat from sliding, or being kicked, around. The mat works nicely with or without shoes on, and it gives you a small boost (which is especially nice for those teachers of shorter stature).
Ever think about all the talking a teacher does throughout a day? Explaining a concept, and then repeating himself or herself repeatedly to every other kid who wasn’t listening the first time? Think about how thirsty they must get. And, unlike the incessant bathroom and water breaks students ask for all the time, teachers don’t really have the luxury of darting off in the middle of class. But, with this Mavea Elemaris Kompact 5-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher, they can keep hydrating and educating.
Mavea is a subsidiary of the world’s leading water filtration company that first invented the device 45 years ago in Germany. Now, maybe you’ve used a different filtration system before, but Mavea takes it to the next level, courtesy of their years of experience and development. First, when it comes to changing the filter, there’s no more guessing. The filter change indicator measures filter life in 3 ways: your teacher will receive a signal to replace it based on the length of time the filter’s been in use, your consumption, and the quality of his or her water.
Second, Mavea filters significantly improve the quality and taste of any water. 85% of all commercial and residential water sources have hard tap water and, while technically safe to drink, it contains substances that affect its taste, smell, appearance, and overall quality. The Mavea filters, however, take out the bad – drastically reducing its chlorine taste and odor, making your teacher’s drinking water clearer and refreshingly delicious. They also leave in the good – such as calcium and silica for healthy bones and teeth. As a result, Mavea filtered water improves the taste of coffee, tea, concentrated beverages, and ice cubes.
And with a 5-cup capacity, your teacher can refill his or her water bottle all day long. Which is a good thing, because a hydrated and healthy teacher is a happy teacher.
Once the school day has officially come to an end, most teachers still have to work at their desks grading papers or creating their next lesson plans. But, at least they get to sit for a few hours now. So, why not make those sits some of the best ones they’ve ever had with the X Rocker Executive Office Chair with Bluetooth Sound.
This deluxe, executive desk chair looks and sounds great both at home or in the office. The ergonomic, sturdy, and stylish chair boasts a very sharp, sleek look, and is crafted of high-quality materials. Its cushions and padded arms are attractive, surprisingly comfortable, and provide good support and stability. Plus, the height-adjustable seat also tilts, reclines, and swivels 360 degrees on a 5-star base for a full range of motion, thus accommodating any sitting style.
And, as if all of that wasn’t awesome enough, this desk chair comes with two stereo Bluetooth speakers built right into the headrest! It provides the full X Rocker sound immersion experience while giving you the look, comfort, and practical usage of an executive desk chair. The chair’s hidden Bluetooth receiver enables it to play audio wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device, such as your teacher’s computer, iPad, or iPhone. (Optional RCA cables are also included for non-Bluetooth connections.)
Though some assembly is required, its easy and intuitive (even though instructions are included), and the construction is sturdy and very well put together at the end. And, considering that most, common computer chairs are easily $90+ and aren’t anything special, the X Rocker chair is well worth it. It’s perfect for any teacher who wants to listen to music while working late in the office, making a better tomorrow for the world.
So as you fondly remember the great teachers who’ve helped to mold your life and inspire your growth this World Teachers’ Day, be sure to pay it forward. Thank them the best you can, and pass that appreciation onto your children as well. Because, as any teacher will tell you – even as you’re thanking them – it’s really all about the kids.