How to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Recognition & Motivation Ideas

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This spring, educators around the country will be the center of attention during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6. Not sure how to get your school or learning center ready for this celebration? We do! It’s all about spoiling, thanking and honoring the men and women who work day in and day out to make sure our children have every opportunity to grow and learn.

Write Notes of Gratitude

If you hold a supervisory role, take an afternoon and write each teacher a heartfelt thank you note. The correspondence doesn’t need to be long, but it should be handwritten and highlight one or two things that you admire about the educator. Consider complimenting a recent curriculum change, how they relate to their students or their years of service. Hand deliver the notes or tuck them in small desk bouquets for the teachers to enjoy all week long.

Tell the World

The National Education Association and National Parent Teacher Association are encouraging students, parents and teachers to go online. Grab a camera and click a photo of your child with a favorite teacher or hold up a sign explaining why you love teachers. Or, get nostalgic and post a picture of yourself with your favorite teacher from years ago! Use the hashtag #ThankATeacher to get in on the national movement and check out what others are posting.

Bring on the Snacks

Teachers love snack time just as much as the kiddos. So, why not spoil them with some fun, unexpected treats? Afternoon fruit and veggie trays in the staff break room, doughnuts on desks before the day starts or even little packs of trail mix in their employee mail boxes are great ways to say thank you.

Get the Kids Involved

Students want to celebrate their teachers just as much as you do! During Teacher Appreciation Week, schedule activities that give the kids a chance to explain what they love about the teachers at their school. Special drawing projects in art class, making up a song during music or wallpapering the hallways with little notes from the kids are great ways to make the week extra special for teachers.

Hold a School Event

Cap off the week-long celebration with an assembly. Honor the teachers by presenting them with special certificates, small gifts and words of appreciation. If the school is small, try coordinating a photo slide show or short video to present during the gathering.

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