8 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week
Every year, the world gets together to celebrate the individuals who help shape our planet’s future: Teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week and various National Teacher Day‘s around the world are a time for us to #ThankATeacher and reflect on the importance good teachers make on students.
The first way to celebrate your teachers is through gifts. Flowers, chocolates, jewelry and gift cards are all good gift ideas for teachers. To make gifts more meaningful, however, students and parents should personalize these gifts. Maybe give your teacher a gift card to a restaurant they’re brought up before. Or, create jewelry or something else by hand that reminds you of your time in their classroom. While purchased gifts are nice, any teacher will tell you they appreciate handmade gifts on Teacher Appreciation Day.
2. A Letter from the Students
In the spirit of handmade tokens of thanks, the second way you can thank teachers is with a letter. Younger students can create colorful cards and older students can type up honest letters of appreciation to their teachers. Make sure to highlight a specific instance when your teacher really helped you through a problem or helped you learn a difficult concept. Remember, some of the most important lessons teachers pass down to students aren’t academic lessons but life lessons. Don’t be afraid to really let your teachers know just how much they’ve positively impacted your life.
3. A Letter from the Parents
Being a teacher is a difficult job. In most professions, you have to make one group happy. When you’re a teacher, you have to cater to three important groups: Students, administrators, and parents. On top of teaching, grading and keeping students entertained, parents know that teachers also have to keep them informed, calm their fears and address their concerns. Parents sharing their gratitude for a teacher’s never-ending efforts is a great way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.
4. Class “Thank You” Book
One of the most touching gifts students can present their teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day is a class “Thank You” book. Websites like Shutterfly create great books, but handmade books will put a smile on your teacher’s face as well. This gift is the perfect place to have each student thank their teacher for teaching them something throughout the year. Here’s a great DIY instruction guide for a “Thank You” book.
5. Encourage them to Enter a Contest
There are plenty of contests around that exist solely for the purpose of honoring great teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. These contests offer rewards like classroom supplies, national recognition, and even cash! Earth Networks is holding a contest this year. We’re looking to honor a teacher that has the best weather-based STEM lesson plan. If this sounds like an educator you know, have them enter our contest. The submission period closes on May 10, 2018, so hurry and get those submissions in! The winner will be chosen by our Chief Meteorologist, Mark Hoekzema, and will recieve a $250 Amazon gift card! Enter by clicking the image below.
6. Thanks from School Administration
It’s a big deal for students and parents to show their appreciation towards teachers. It’s also a big deal for the school administration to show their appreciation as well. Superintendents and principles should not forget to thank their teachers for all their hard work throughout the year. School administrators can often get busy with important school affairs other than their teachers. However, Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect time to make time to appreciate teachers throughout your school and district. Maybe a special luncheon or announcement to the school is enough recognition for all the hard work your teachers put in throughout the year.
7. Classroom Supplies
Almost all teachers in public schools use their own money to purchase supplies for their classroom. A lot of the materials students use throughout the year like paper, crayons and markers are supplied by none other than their teachers. A great way to thank teachers not only for their instructional contributions but for their monetary contributions as well is to gift them with supplies they’ll need for the rest of the year or even for the next year. Thinking about what your teachers need and gifting those items is thoughtful and shows you really care about their contributions.
8. Contact the School Administration
One last way you can celebrate the teachers in your life, whether they are your teachers or your children’s teachers, is to contact the school administration. We know teaching is not an easy job, so when a teacher goes above and beyond, write to your school administration to share your praise of them. Different states and countries have different honors for teachers. Try nominating your teachers for an award in your area.
How do you let the teachers in your life know they are appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day? Teachers: What were the most memorable gifts of appreciation you’ve received over the years? Share this post on social media with your ideas and don’t forget to mention @EarthNetworks on Facebook and Twitter and @Earth_Networks on Instagram.