Teachers prepare for #High5aTeacherDay, taking place on 1st July

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Friday 1st July will see High 5 a Teacher Day, a new event celebrating top teaching practices. A Twitter-held holiday, #High5aTeacherDay will ask teachers, school staff, pupils and parents to high-five a teacher / teachers, and explaining what makes their high-fivees special. Those taking part are encouraged to include a video or (well-timed) photo to show off the occasion.

#High5aTeacherDay started as a joke made by the @InnovateMySchl Twitter account to teacher Natalie Scott and governor Matt Young. Now, the Chester-based company are looking to make the first Friday of July ‘High 5 a Teacher Day’, and hope that it will eventually be celebrated around the world (perhaps by 2017).

“When Natalie and Matt responded with fervent enthusiasm, we realised that it was our responsibility to make #High5aTeacherDay a reality,” said Innovate My School editor James Cain. “We’re lucky enough to work with educators every day, and teacher-appreciation seems particularly vital right now. Research, such as that undertaken by Emma Kell for How to Survive and Thrive in Teaching (as seen in the Guardian), shows how tough the profession can be.

“It’s worth noting that this has nothing to do with Martyn Reah’s amazing #Teacher5aDay movement, though we’re keen to promote that whenever we can. This is just a fun way for teachers to have a laugh, appreciate and be appreciated, connect over Twitter, and basically show how much appreciation those at the chalkface deserve.”

Those keen to take part are encouraged to read the #High5aTeacherDay manifesto:

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