It’s my personal belief that teachers and technicians do not get enough credit for the many ways they inspire generations of young people – which is why awareness events like National Thank A Teacher Day and UNESCO World Teachers’ Day are so important. However, i note there is no such national event for Technicians.
Some may argue that we shouldn’t need a special ‘day’ to remind people of the commitment, skill and dedication of teachers and techncians, particularly after a uniquely challenging 18 months - and they do have a point. However, these events are extremely useful tools to harness and publicise gratitude. They encourage and remind children, parents, colleagues, employers and people from outside the education sector to say a very public ‘thank you’ online, across social media – and now in person too. It highlights the contribution of the work that we do.
On TecHknow we recognise your achievements and contributions in a variety of ways. When you make a Post on our Forums for example, colleagues are invited to "thank-you" electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of your post. That means that the poster is recognised as somebody who has inspired or helped you in some way. On our Wiki area, your contributions are electronically tagged as being your work. You get the recognition and the attributions for helping others.
No matter how long ago your school days were, everyone can remember at least one teacher or technician who made an enduring impact on their lives. I remember many years ago a tall gentleman who looked very like "beaker" from the muppets show. His name was Donald. I was always fascinated when he came into class to set up science practicals. Donald inspired me to be the Science technician that I am today. I was impressed how he was able to guide or help the teacher get the most from the practicals. On several occasions he asisted students in my class by expaining in a very simple way how to use the apparatus or do the actual practical and get results. Sometimes even better than the teacher!
Surely a national Technician day is not too much to ask and indeed all schools should encourage students to thank not just the teachers at the ned of the academic year but not to forget the humble technician as well. Are you thanked by colleagues in your school or do you go about your normal week mostly incoggnito? Do you agree that there should be a National (or even international) day for technicians. If so, what events would you suggest could happen. Let us know your thoughts about this on our Forums board