Saturday, July 02, 2005


Recognizing Teachers
as "Hometown Heroes" (5702pm)

This program will work best at schools with good students to help drive the process, enthusiastic teachers to participate in the process and supportive administrators to help guide the process.

For more information on the program go to Create A Teacher Card
or Contact Us.

Honors teachers the way our culture honors sports figures:

Platform to allow teachers to share interesting things about themselves. The card has space to let teachers communicate some of their favorite things - e.g. favorite book or movie. They can also tell a colorful story from their past or they can even share the BIG reason they teach.

The teacher can select a photo of themselves from a favorite place or doing a favorite thing. A good photo makes the card more effective.

If the students show their parents the card, then the parents may see the teacher as more of a three dimensional person.

Helps teachers to better connect with their students:

To generate excitement about the cards there is a reward on the back - e.g. a coupon for a free ice cream or a special privilege at the school.

When reading the card, the student may find he has the same favorite book or movie as the teacher. Or the student may just see the teacher in a different light.

Connections made through the cards can lead to the student being more interested in the content of the teacher's class, which can create a very positive chain of events.

Students who feel isolated do negative things, the connections made from these cards could make a student feel less isolated.

Getting students interested in teacher cards:

Asking students to market the program to their fellow students is a great way to generate excitement about the cards. This is a good project for a school's marketing club or student government.

Students asking local businesses (see Partners) to help sponsor a program to honor their teachers is a good way of connecting the school and the community. The project will also help students learn how to get a new product to the marketplace and make a profit.

Profits from these cards can be used for a fun school activity. Raising money this way can be more meaningful than other school fundraisers.

Making posters, organizing games and contests around these cards can all be elements of a marketing strategy.

A natural curiosity about their teachers or the reward on the card will also help drive student interest.

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