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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Since 1984, the National PTA has set aside the first full week of May to honor teachers. I asked my World Book colleagues, “What do YOU appreciate about teachers you have had? Today, and every day this week, we’re sharing some of our replies.

  • One of the best teachers I ever had was a nun at my Catholic grade school named Sister Ivan. Sr. Ivan was strict and no-nonsense. She taught English to 5th and 6th graders, and was known for her wizardry in diagramming sentences. My brother was a year ahead of me in school and got Sr. Ivan’s full two-year course in diagramming. But between my 5th and 6th grade years, the school changed its curriculum, and diagramming was no longer to be taught. My classmates and I had only a brief introduction to diagramming in 5th grade. I remember to this day Sr. Ivan’s explaining to us new 6th graders that we would learn no more diagramming. She seemed disappointed, but not angry.  She was still a great English teacher, and I carried her lessons into high school and college English and journalism classes, and ultimately to World Book. But I always wished I had really learned to diagram! I still think that being able to slice and dice a sentence, and analyze every part, makes you a far better user of the English language. A few years ago, I saw a news story about a school that was, once again, teaching sentence diagramming! Somewhere, Sr. Ivan is smiling.  Those kids may not know it, but they would be even luckier if they had her teaching them how to do it.

Every memory so far shares a common theme. Check back tomorrow to see if you agree.

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