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Essay Writing Teachers Day 2016

How to write a great Teacher’s Day Essay

August 20, 2016

by Debu C

Writing a great essay on Teacher’s Day involves understanding why Teacher’s Day is celebrated in the first place, significance of the day in the life of every student, how is a teacher different from a parent, the challenges a teacher faces in dealing with students with varying learning abilities, how a student can recognize and respond to teachers’ contribution and how to celebrate Teacher’s Day in your school.

Read: Ideas for Teacher’s Day Celebrations

Additional ideas included here are, suitable gifts on Teacher’s Day and relevant quotes from well-known personalities celebrating a teacher’s contribution.

Remember, the purpose of this article is not to offer a student a readymade essay, but a template and structure to enable a student to write a great essay in a student’s own words.

An essay must state the objective and purpose of the topic which should be covered in the introduction. One should always write the essay in their own words and must reflect their thoughts as they feel on the subject. Be honest to the topic, research the topic well and express in your own words how you see the topic and feel about it. Remember to end the essay with a pledge to your teacher in becoming a model student and citizen as per the teachings and expectations of the teacher.

A great essay on Teacher’s Day can include the topic content as mentioned below that will give you the advantage in writing an impactful essay.

What is Teacher’s Day and why is it celebrated?

After our parents, the most important role played is by teachers in the process of our learning about life around us, its significance and how we must use this knowledge to build a better world for the next generation.

Teachers act as our friend, philosopher and guide through our growing years in school and in later years of young adulthood. They continue to impart higher levels of knowledge before we step out as adults ready to contribute to the world around us based on how what we have learnt during our education period and applying that knowledge to the betterment of society and nation.

It is, therefore, important to recognize the role played by teachers in our formative years and Teacher’s Day is the day that all students in India celebrate their existence and contribution.

Why is 5th September chosen as Teacher’s Day?

The 5th of September happens to be the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former Vice President and later President of India. Dr Radhakrishnan was first and foremost a teacher and strongly believed in the role played by a teacher in building a strong nation.

Born on 5th September 1888 in Thiruttani in what was then Madras Presidency, Dr Radhakrishnan is an alumnus of Madras Christian College from where he completed his Master in Philosophy in 1906. In 1921, he was appointed as Professor of Philosophy and occupied the King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at the University of Calcutta (1921-1932).

He later served as Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at the University of Oxford (1936-1954). For his contribution in the field of religion and philosophy, he was awarded the Knighthood (Title of ‘Sir’) by the British, a title he refused to use after India won its independence.

He served as Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) from 1939-1948. In 1954, he was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.

He became India’s Vice President and served the post from 1952-1962, and later succeeded Dr Rajendra Prasad, as India’s second President from 1962-1967.

It is said that while he was President of India, some former students and friends approached Dr Radhakrishnan with a request to celebrate his birthday, which was 5th September. In his customary humble style he responded by saying it would be better to celebrate the day to recognize the contribution of all teachers and thus, 5th September came to be celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India.

Given Dr Radhakrishnan’s lifelong dedication and contribution in the field of education as a teacher, it is indeed a worthy response by the nation to use his birthday to celebrate and recognize his and all teachers’ contribution.

Role of Teacher versus Parent

Parents are the first teachers in our lives and impart the most important values of life from the day we are born, for learning remains a lifelong process.

However, once we begin attending school, the role of a teacher becomes very important, as a student looks up to the teacher for knowledge, guidance and encouragement.

A teacher understands that the development of every child is equally important and recognizes the responsibility and faith that a parent places on the teacher when a child is sent to school.

The role of a teacher evolves as a student grows up. In primary school, a teacher has to play the role of an alternate parent with great care and understanding, as a child transitions from spending less time at home and more at school, and also begins to learn and interact with other children.

In middle school years, the teacher imparts important academic lessons along with moral and ethical values to students who are at a vulnerable age.

In high school years, the teacher begins to treat students as young adults in preparing them for the next phase of their lives.

Parents always remain as our first and last teachers, but the contribution of especially school teachers in our lives, is also invaluable and something that we must recognize and cherish all our lives.

Challenges a teacher faces

It is never an easy task handling a class of students who come from different social, cultural, economic and religious backgrounds. In addition, varying learning abilities of students places a greater challenge to teachers who must adapt their roles while remaining within time and course parameters of the academic curriculum.

A teacher, male or female, also has responsibilities at home and faces the same pressures that our parents face when at home. Despite this, teachers always appear cheerful and fresh as they begin each class every morning.

But behind that first smile of a teacher is also a human being who faces various personal and professional challenges, yet does not let that affect their teaching process while in class. This is something that students realize not while in school, but when they themselves face the same as they mature with time.

Teacher’s Day – a perfect setting to recognize your teacher’s contribution

This is a great day for all students to acknowledge a teacher’s efforts and contribution in molding us into becoming better human beings and citizens through education and knowledge. This is also a day when we as students can pledge to our teachers that their efforts will not go waste and that we shall endeavor to uphold and imbibe all the positive values imparted by them.

A teacher’s greatest reward is when a student emerges as a role model citizen and excels in whichever field that a student chooses to pursue in later life. However, it is on this day that a teacher likes to feel loved, recognized and appreciated by students and therefore, an extra effort by students in making the teacher feel special is always very welcome.

When a student becomes a teacher for one day

It is on Teacher’s Day when roles are reversed and senior students don the role and responsibility of teachers and administer the school for a day. This is a day when teachers sit back and allow the students to understand the responsibilities that a teacher has and also to give a brief glimpse of the daily pressures they face, as students go about conducting classes for junior students.

In a student’s life, this one day remains etched in memory when he or she performs a specific task given, and in later years, becomes a topic of reflection when ex-students meet. So plan the day well and enjoy each moment as it comes along.

Gifting ideas for Teacher’s Day

On Teacher’s Day, students love to bring along a special gift for their favourite teachers as a token of their appreciation and respect. In today’s age of internet there are several ideas for gifting, however, keep in mind that a teacher will not value a gift based on its monetary value but for the effort put in by the student.

Teachers always prefer a hand-made gift which could be a card or paper-based idea. For those seeking an off-the-shelf product, one can choose small items like cups, souvenirs with the name of the teacher mentioned on it along with your name and class.

It would be good to include a small ‘Thank You’ message, while mentioning Teacher’s Day and the date. This way, should the teacher preserve his or her gift, it will help the teacher recall your name and the batch that you studied with. Remember, keep it simple and low cost, for a gift must express your feeling and effort and not the cost.

Some famous quotes recognizing Teacher’s importance and contribution

“Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.” – APJ Kalam

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward

“There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.” Robert Frost

“They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it.” Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”Alexander the Great. His teacher was the great philosopher – Aristotle

“Teaching is a calling too. And I’ve always thought that teachers in their way are holy – angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.”Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.” - Aristotle

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.”Dan Rather

 Read Also:

Information about Teachers Day
Teacher’s Day Gift Ideas
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Born on 5th September 1888
PM’s Speech on Teachers Day: Modi thanks all teachers
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Biography
Information about Children Day
Essay on Holi for School Children and Students
Essay on Christmas


Celebrating teachers' day at school is one of the finest memories from the school days. With no doubt we can say everyone will agree with it. Begining to prepare to surprise our teachers with all the decorations along with elaborate plays, essays and speeches is an event that leaves a mark in the memory.

During the course of time, teachers day celebration has changed and for the kids now it will be a chance to make beautiful memories for a lifetime.

The countdown for the much awaited day- the 'Teachers' Day' for students and teachers has begun. As the days are approaching, students are excited about the preparations for the day.

A very prominent part of the Teacher's day celebration is the speech.

We have a few sample speeches, in English and Hindi for the students to convey their wishes and gratitude for teachers.

Teachers' Day Speech for Students in English

Speech 1:

Good morning to all the teachers and my dear friends.

The light of the world, the beacon in the dark and the hope that gives us strength to survive, is our teacher. Today we celebrate Teachers' Day. A day, kept aside to honour the gifted souls who work everyday to make sure that the future is bright for all of us. Let us welcome all the teachers with a big round of applause.

On this beautiful occasion, let us take the opportunity to convey our wishes to all our teachers, who have given impeccable contribution in shaping us.

Every year 5th of September, we celebrate Teachers Day. It is a day filled with lots of excitement, joy and happiness as students are eagerly looking forward to tell their teachers how and why are they special to them. It is my honour to to talk about our dear teachers on this wonderful occasion.

We celebrate Teachers' day on 5th of September every year in India. September 5th is marked by the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and the Teachers' day is celebrated in commemoration of his birthday. Along with being a succesful leader in the form of the President of the Country, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was great scholar and an excellent teacher.

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Students across the country celebrate this day to pay respect and thank their teachers. Teachers are the back bone of our society. They spear head change by shaping and building students' personality and make them ideal citizens of the country.

As one looks at the great impact on the growth, development and well being of the students and nation, one must agree that teaching is a noble profession.

There is a saying that teachers are greater than the parents. Parents give birth to a child whereas teachers mould that child's personality and provide a bright future. Apart from academics, teachers stand by us at every step to guide, motivate and inspire to become better people.

They are the source of knowledge and wisdom. From them leads the ideas and thougts, that one day each one of use will use to provide back into this society. I would like to extend my gratitude to every teacher for selffless service and dynamic support.We are always grateful to you. 

Thank you everyone.

Also read: Unforgettable Indian teachers and their legacy: Teachers' Day

Speech 2:

Just like every year, this year also we have gathered here to celebrate Teachers' Day. Every year the 5th of September is celebrated as Teachers' Day in India commemorating the birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. As a Teacher, Vice President and second President of India Dr. RadhaKrishnan made an immense contribution to the country.

On this special occasion, I wish to convey my best wishes and greetings to all the Teachers gathered here and to all those, who have helped me attain success in my academics.

As we all know that it is impossible to define 'teacher' as Teachers are not only limited to Teaching or guiding students in academics but also helping students to take the right path. They add value to our character and make us ideal citizens of the country.

Also read: 10 Most Inspiring Teachers of India & Their Unconventional Stories

Secondly, Teachers are our second parents. Teachers play a prominent role in influencing and inspiring us. Every student tries to imitate their teachers and consider them as a role model. After parents, teachers take the responsibility of moulding a child's character at each and every step.

Therefore, it is our utmost duty to salute/convey our wishes to Teachers today in recognition of their undeterred efforts. Let us take time to pay honour and admire all their contribution in elevating us. Thank you teachers for your invaluable efforts and guidance.

Also Read: Famous Quotes by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Speech 3:

Good morning to all of you gathered here to celebrate the special occasion - The Teachers' Day. It gives me immense pleasure to be here and to talk about the main personalities of the day, our very own teachers.

It is well-known fact that every year we celebrate 5th September as Teachers' Day in memory of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a Teacher par excellence and also one of the successful Presidents of India.

Teachers' Day is a special and important day as students offer their respect to Teachers in recognition of their contribution in the field of education.

Also Read:Why we celebrate Teacher's Day on 5th September

Teachers are also the guides who play an important role in transforming a student into a responsible citizen. They also serve selflessly and help us to reach our aim in all terms. Their contribution is not only limited to schools but it extends to society and country. Thus, after parents, teachers should receive the due respect.

Teachers' day is celebrated as a special event in schools and colleges in different ways. Students will be looking forward to make the event special by offering gifts, flowers and greeting cards to their teachers. Cultural programmes are conducted to make the programme more fun-filled and colourful.

The D-day provides the students with a wonderful opportunity to be grateful to their teachers in appreciation of their work. Hence, don't miss the chance to celebrate and make it memorable.

Also read: In Pictures: Famous Teachers who contributed a lot to Education

Teachers' Day Speech for Students in Hindi

Speech 1:

शिक्षक दिवस

भारत में 'शिखक दिवस' प्रति वर्ष ५ सितम्बर को मनाया जाता है| इस दिनांक को भारत के दूसरे राष्टट्रपति डॉ सर्वपल्ली राधाकृष्णन के नाम से जाना जाता है | समाज के लिए शिक्षको द्वारा किये गए योगदाआँ को श्रद्धांजलि का एक छिन्न के रूप में शिक्षक दिवस मनाया जाता है |

डॉ सर्वपल्ली राधाकृष्णन शिक्षा में कट्टर विश्वास रखते थे, और जाने माने विद्वान, राजनायक और आदर्श शिखक थे | वह एक महान स्वतन्त्रता सेनानिन भी थे | वह एक महान दार्शनिक और शिखक थे| उनको अध्यापन के पेशे में एक गहरा प्यार था |

शिक्षक दिवस पर शिक्षक और छात्र सामान्य रूप से विद्यालयों में जाते हैं, किन्तु सामान्य गतिविधियों एवं अध्ययन कार्य से अलग उत्सव, धन्यवाद और स्मरणं की गतिविधियाँ संपादित होती हैं | कुछ विद्यालयों में इस दिन अध्यापन कार्य की जिम्मेदारी वरिष्ठ छात्रों द्वारा उठाई जाती हैं | भारतवर्ष के सभी संस्थानों में इस दिवस को गंभीरता से मनाया जाता है | शिख्शाक भी अपने छात्रों के दिल से आशीर्वाद देतें हैं |

इस दिन भारत के राष्ट्रपति द्वारा पुरस्कार देकर चयनित शिक्षकों को सम्मानित किया जाता है | विभिन्न राज्यों द्वारा भी शिक्षकों अनेक प्रकार के पुरस्कार एवं प्रशस्ति पत्र देकर सम्मान किया जाता है |

Speech 2:

शिक्षक दिवस पर मेरे सारे सहपाठियों और सारे शिक्षको को मेरा हार्दिक अभिनन्दन |
मैं शिक्षक दिवस के संदर्ब में बहुत ही महत्व पूर्ण बात कहने जा रहा हूँ|

एक अच्छा शिल्पकार किसी भी प्रकार के पत्थरों को ताश कर उसे सुन्दर आकृति का रूप दे देता है | किसी भी सुन्दर मूर्ति को तराशने में शिल्पकार की बहुत बड़ी भूमिका होती है | इसी प्रकार एक अच्छा कुम्भार वही होता है जो गीली मिटटी को सही आकार जकर प्रदान कर उसे समाज के लिएए उपयोगी बर्तन अथवा एक सुन्दर मूर्ती का रूप दे देता है | यदि शिल्पकार और कुम्भार द्वारा तैयार की गयी मुत्य एवं बर्तन सुन्दर नहीं हैं तो वह जिस स्थान पे रखे उस स्थान को और
अधिक विकृत स्वरुप ही प्रधान करेंगे | शिल्पकार एवं कुम्भार की भाँती ही स्कूलों में शिक्षकों को यह प्रथम दायित्व एवं कर्त्तव्य है की वह अपने यहां अध्ययनरत सभी बच्चों को इस प्रकार सेव सवारें और सजाएं की उनके द्वारा शिखित किये गए सभी बच्चे 'विश्व का प्रकाश' बनकर सारे विश्व को अपनी रौशनी से प्रकाशित कर सकें | इस प्रकार शिखक उस शिल्पकार या कुम्भार की भाँती होता है जो प्रत्येक बालक को समाज की आवश्यकताओं के अनुरूप, एक सुंदरव का रूप प्रदान कर, उसे 'समाज का प्रकाश' अथवा उसे विकृत रूप प्रदान कर 'समाज का अन्धकार' बना सकता है |

पर हम बहुत ही भाग्यशाली हैं के हमें ऐसे शिखक मिले जो हमें सही दिशा के ओर ले जा रहे हैं | इन्होने हममे इस काबिल बनाया के हम दुनिया के आगे अपना सर ऊंचा कर के जी सकें| उन्होंने सिर्फ शिक्षा नहीं दी शिक्षा से बहुत बढ़कर खाया है | ऐसे महान शिक्षकों का मैं बहुत बहुत आभारी हूँ | उन्हें अपना सर झुका कर शुक्रिया करता हूँ | शिक्षक दिवस की ढेर सारी शुबकामनाएं |