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MA Residents Stepping into a Teacher’s Shoes

November 15, 2007

Boston, MA – Some Massachusetts residents are getting the chance to walk a day in a teacher's shoes. As part of "American Education Week," some schools will take part in what's called "Educator for a Day." Citizens will step in to try everything from teaching a class, to monitoring the halls and supervising recess. Anne Wass, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, says working at a school is an eye-opening experience for parents.

"I think if you see what goes on inside a school you become much more positive about what education is doing."

The "Educator for a Day" program is nationwide, but it was started by the Massachusetts Teachers Association. This year marks the 86th American Education Week.

Other events this week have teachers and students seeing green, as in cash prizes and "Wally the Green Monster," the Red Sox mascot. Some lucky teachers will receive bookstore gift cards for their hard work, and the famed mascot paid visits to Haverhill and Revere schools. Wass says it's a way to reward the students and teachers.

"It's a nice time to show appreciation for our teachers and all the education support professionals who work so hard every day in our classrooms all across the state and the country."

The week wraps up on Friday with a day to recognize substitute teachers.

Kevin Clay/John Robinson, Public News Service - MA