Teacher’s Day is one of my favorite Korean holidays. Its not just the cute notes, buckets of flowers, snacks and other assorted gifts. Sure those help but what really makes me love Teacher’s Day is the realization of how much value Koreans have for teachers.
There is a separate holiday where the entire country devotes itself to their teachers. You could argue that its a Hallmark holiday (and i’m sure stationary stores love it) but there’s also a Teacher’s Day song that everyone knows and the day encourages students to visit their old teachers.
This year was the first year I had actual visitors in the 2 hour block our school devoted for students to reunite with their old teachers. Our students were dismissed after lunch while we had prep time and still got out 2 hours early. Last year’s 4th graders came by in force dropping off the cutest hand written notes you’ve ever seen. Continue reading