Today is World Teacher’s Day! Although here in Queensland we usually celebrate it on the last Friday of October (because it usually falls in the holidays, but not this year so we get 2 celebrations!) around the globe today there are gatherings in schools and communities recognising the important work teachers do in our world.

The theme for 2016 WTD is ‘valuing teachers, raising their status.’ So I thought I’d put together a quick list of three important things that you, as a teacher, can do to value teachers and raise their status.

1. Keep doing excellent work

As Nelson Mandela famously said, ‘education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Teaching is a hard job and yet day in day out, you turn up and do an amazing job. It doesn’t go unnoticed. Even though there may be some parents who complain and even abuse you, and administrators who seem to keep raising the bar, you are making a difference every single day in the lives of the students in your classroom. Keep up the excellent work, teach, you’re doing a great job!

2. Act with integrity in everything you do

It’s kind of unfair that teachers get held to such impossibly high standards. Sometimes it seems that society forgets we are human beings. Certainly it seems that way if you spend too much time reading the teacher bashing articles in tabloid media. But it is what it is. We want to raise the status of teacher’s in community, but we can’t change that overnight. In fact, as I’m sure you’ve all said to a challenging student trying to shift the blame, we can’t change anybody else, the only person we can really change is ourself. So with that in mind, let’s be the change we wish to see in the world. Let’s be the best role models possible, act with the utmost integrity in everything we do. If we all do this, we’ll raise our status because we are valuing ourselves.

3. Prioritise yourself — raise your status in your own life

So many teachers I know put themselves at the very bottom of their priority list, making sure everyone else’s needs are taken care of first. That’s not valuing yourself. How can we expect others to value us if we don’t make it clear that we value ourselves? Healthy, happy, energised teachers are the most effective and efficient. Make your health and happiness the number 1 priority in your life and you will find that you get better at your job, in your relationships and in life. If anyone is worth it, you are! I mean, after all, you’re a TEACHER!

Have a great World Teacher’s Day today, and make some time to do something special for you if not today then sometime this week. And if you’d like some help putting yourself on the top of your list, click here to sign up for the free 14 day email course ‘Prioritise YOU!‘.