First Day of School – Say “Thank You” To Your Child’s Teacher

Can you remember your teacher’s names?  Do you remember the things you learned from them?  Have you ever stopped to really think about how hard it is to be a teacher?

I just completed my first coaching assignment…3-4 year old T-ball.  What an experience.  I signed my daughter up and checked the box to volunteer.  This turned into me being the coach.  Careful what you volunteer for.

I had a team of 10, 9 of who were assigned and I had never met.  They showed up for the first practice: some without a glove, others didn’t know what hand to wear the glove on, didn’t know where first base was, didn’t know how to hold the bat, some could throw the ball well, some thought you were supposed to use your glove to throw, and they couldn’t even form a line to shake hands at the end of the game.  Yet, the expectation was that they all learn the basics by the end of our 10 games.

While speaking to a group of 1,000+ teachers yesterday, I asked them, “Does this sound familiar?” – Their answer was a resounding, “YES!”

It is called the school year.

A few major differences must be pointed out.

ME (The T-ball coach)
10 players 20+ students
1 hour intervals 7 hours per day
12 days 180 days
Outside Inside w/ desks and quiet
No tests State assessments, Compass, ACT, SAT, etc.


What I had to do was hard…but it doesn’t compare with what the great teachers across our country do every day and they come back next year to do it all over again.

When you drop your kids off for their first day of school this year, please say “Thank You” to your child’s teacher.

PLEASE COMMENT: What positive memory do you have about a former teacher?  Please share to inspire those teachers who read this.


  1. Dave, this is the perfect analogy! Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Catherine says:

    I’m a teacher and I love my students. They can be very naughty though!

  3. Kurt Holmes says:

    YO SUCK Dave

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