Similar to David Letterman's "Top 10" lists, the state's superintendent of public instruction has cited 10 specific ways to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week through Saturday.
Here is Torlakson's list, with numbers six through 10 meant for parents, the remainder for students:
10 - Parents should hold fundraisers and donate proceeds to schools.
9 - Donate school supplies.
8 - Help in class or at sports events, field trips or on campus.
7 - Treat teachers as professionals and give them the same respect you would give a good friend or child caretaker.
6 - Send a thank-you note or e-mail.
5 - Kids should raise their hands, answer teachers' questions and participate in class.
4--Respect your teacher and fellow students.
3 - Behave in class.
2 - Do your best on homework and in-class assignments.
Number one on Torlakson's Top 10 list is - drum roll, please:
1 - Thank your teacher for all of his or her hard work.
At least one glaring omission, perhaps:
PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, shows a chart that gives the progress California schools have made in testing on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua