How to Welcome Teachers to the 2016 School Year

Recognition & Motivation Ideas

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Have you noticed? As soon as the 4th of July is over, stores replace all of their red, white, and blue merchandise with back to school products.

While it seems like the dog days of summer now, the 2016-2017 academic school year is just around the corner. Before you know it, students and teachers will be heading back into their classrooms for another round of reading, writing, and arithmetic. 

Before teachers return to school to begin planning their lessons, welcome them back properly for the 2016 school year.

Welcome Breakfast

The first day back at school is always a challenging one. Make sure teachers have the energy they need to jump back in with both feet by hosting a welcome breakfast. You can work with the PTA to organize a pancake breakfast, or something simpler, such as bringing in bagels, donuts, fruit salads, juices, and coffee will set the tone for the 2016 school year.


It’s been several weeks since everyone has seen each other, and there might even be some new faces in the crowd. Break the ice with fun activities that get the group interacting with one another. You want to harbor a sense of comradely among your teaching staff, and these engaging endeavors early on can really boon your efforts later in the school year.

Room Set-Up Awards

The onus is on teachers to create engaging learning environments for their students. 

Encourage them to go all out by offering awards for the best rooms. For example, recognize the teachers from each specific subject who set-up their classrooms the most creatively with the Excellent English Environment award, or the Coolest Calculus Classroom certificate.

Potluck Lunch

Get all of the teachers involved with a staff-wide lunch potluck one day before students return to school. It won’t be long before teachers are eating quick lunches at their desks between classes, so take the time when you have it to enjoy a delicious and leisurely lunch together as a team.

Passing Notes

While students today use their phones to send text messages to one another instead of slyly passing notes scribbled on notebook paper, take the time to welcome teachers to the 2016 school year with a personal handwritten note for each educator.

Offer words of encouragement, express appreciation, and extend a helping hand to your teaching staff with note cards. While this project demands a bit of time and at least several pens, the teachers will really appreciate the individual attention.