readilearn: Smiles unite our world

  • Published on October 5, 2018

smiles unite our world - Happy World Teacher's Day, Smile Day, and Space Week

Today is a day to celebrate. It is both World Teachers’ Day and World Smile Day. What a great combination. In addition, these special days also coincide with World Space Week which is celebrated from 4 – 10 October.

World Teachers’ Day

World Teachers’ Day celebrates the contribution that teachers make to education around the world.

This year’s event marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) in which education is recognised as “a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring inclusive and equitable access for all children”.

This year’s theme is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.”

According to UNESCO, “One of the main challenge [sic] to this right worldwide is the continued shortage of teachers. There are an estimated 264 million children and youth still out of school globally, and according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world needs to recruit almost 69 million new teachers to reach the 2030 education goal of universal primary and secondary education. This ‘teacher gap’ is more pronounced among vulnerable populations – girls, children with disabilities, refugee and migrant children, and poor children living in rural or remote areas.”

If you wish to support organisations that provide education for people in need, this list on informED might be a good place to find one. I’m sure there are many more and perhaps some closer to home. The focus of The Smith Family, one of the organisations I support, is on helping disadvantaged Australian children get the most out of their education so they can improve their futures.

Having spent almost all my life in education in a variety of roles; including student, teacher, teacher support and educational writer, I know how hard teachers work and the importance of the contribution they make to each life they touch. I also know that sometimes they work in situations that cause them much stress, in which they don’t feel valued, and are unsupported. Sadly, more and more experienced teachers are leaving the classroom for these and other reasons, which will only make it more difficult to reach the 2030 goal of universal education.

Happy World Teachers' Day 2018 and special offer

As part of my recognition of the amazing work teachers do and to spread a few smiles, on this World Teachers’ Day 5 October 2018, I am offering an annual subscription to readilearn at half price. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, simply use the coupon code ‘amazing’ at the checkout.

showing readilearn subscribers where to use the coupon code

Make sure you let your teacher friends know about this special offer.

gift subscription to early childhood teaching resources for the first three years of school

If you’d like a certificate to gift a half-priced subscription to a teacher, email me to arrange it.

If you are already a subscriber. Thank you. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, email me and I’ll ensure your next year’s subscription renews at half price.

This free offer is for one day only and expires at 11.59 pm on Friday 5 October 2018.

the teacher effect bookmark to download and print free

This teacher effect bookmark is available to download and print free. It can be given to teachers as an acknowledgment of their work.

World Smile Day

a friendship message about sowing smiles wherever you go

The purpose of World Smile Day is to encourage everyone to be kind to each other and to spread goodwill and happiness. I like the thought that something as inexpensive as a smile, that can be shared an infinite number of times and never be exhausted, can have a positive impact on the world.

Teaching friendship skills is an ongoing focus of readilearn. In fact, it has its own page in the Character Development resources.

friendship skills teaching resources

I have written about friendship skills in these posts:

Early childhood resources for celebrating friendship

Making friends

Ideas for playtime at school

Learning to be friends to combat bullying

Learning to be friends — unleash your friendship superpower

Each post includes links to resources for teaching friendship skills, including:

the high-5 is a great strategy for children to use when encountering problems in the playground

Busy Bees High-5 Charts

teaching ideas for encouraging children to be friends not bullies

Be friends not bullies

How to make a friendship tree

How to make a friendship tree

extend hand friendship

Extend the hand of friendship

an alphabet of friendship words to use when teaching friendship skills in early childhood classroom

Busy Bees ABC of friendship

scenarios to encourage children to discuss friendly actions appropriate in different situations

Friendship Scenarios — Discussion starters

World Space Week

World Space Week poster 2018 Space Unites our World

World Space Week is the world’s largest celebration of space with almost four thousand events occurring in eighty countries. Check the list for events near you. This year’s theme is “Space Unites the World” with the intention to “promote cooperation between spacefaring and emerging space nations and help space exploration activities become open and inclusive on a global scale”.

I previously wrote about space in A view from space and interviewed authors Brenda Miles and Susan Sweet about their space-themed picture book Cinderstella. Space-themed readilearn teaching resources include:

20 quick ideas for teaching about space

20 Quick ideas for teaching and learning about space

recipe for making a moon cake

How to make a Moon Cake

science teaching ideas for making a moon cake

Moon Cake Science

There are many other great resources available on the internet; including:

World Space Week website

NASA and its Education tab

National Science Teachers Association newsletter

ABC Education Space and our Solar System

introducing new resources on readilearn

This week I have uploaded three new resources to the Goldilocks suite, including:

Goldilocks-themed crossword puzzle

Goldilocks crossword puzzle

printable word cards with a Goldilocks and the three bears theme

Goldilocks topic word cards

Goldilocks character cutouts for storytelling and play performance

Goldilocks and Friends — Character cut-outs

readilearn: teaching resources for the first three years of school
Resources beyond worksheets – lessons for teachers made by teachers.
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    A lovely tribute to teachers who are so very important. We see the skills shortage here in South Africa, Norah. There is such a big “brain drain” due to political instability now that even the private schools are struggling for teachers. It is awful.

    Thank you for sharing your South African experience, Robbie. The situation seems to fluctuate here with too many teachers, then not enough. I was shocked by the figures reported by the UN. We need to be doing a better job of preparing teachers worldwide

    Cheers for the educators in this world who strive to make a difference. We need more of you and appreciate all of you. Nice to know there is a dedicated day of recognition for World Teacher and World Smile Days. 🙂

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