As testing season ends and the close of the school year approaches, it can be easy to forget to show teachers appreciation and gratitude for everything they do. That’s why May is Teacher Appreciation Month! Throughout the month, students, parents, schools, and districts across the country will be working hard to show teachers just how appreciated and important they are.
There are many different ways to do this, both big and small. If you’re looking for ideas, we have some suggestions for you:
- Who doesn’t love breakfast? Give your teachers bagels, donuts, muffins, and fruit so they can start the day with a tasty meal. Don’t forget the coffee, tea, and juice!
- Take the time to write a heartfelt thank you note to your teachers to let them know that you notice all the hard work they put in to helping their students and school be successful.
- Set up a coffee bar in the teacher’s lounge complete with different syrups and cookies, and give your teachers an extended coffee break before a staff meeting.
- Give all of your teachers $1 scratch-off lottery tickets and quarters, and see who wins!
- Fill the teacher’s lounge with free snacks and sodas for a tasty afternoon pick-me-up.
- Give all your teachers a reusable cup or water bottle so they can stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Thank a few teachers each day during the morning announcements, making sure every teacher is mentioned throughout the month.
- Encourage teachers to dress casually throughout the month so they can be more comfortable.
- Work with the lunch staff to whip up something tasty for teachers like cake and cookies.
- Give teachers bouquets of colored pens so they’re well stocked for any end-of-year grading and the start of the new school year.
For Administrators and Parents:
- Ask parents to donate gift cards, and award them to teachers who have gone above and beyond to help their students or the school.
- During Teacher Appreciation Week, which is May 8–12, have parents and administrators cover teacher duties, like bus duty and photocopying.
- Coordinate with the PTO/PTA to host a potluck dinner for teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day, which falls on Tuesday, May 9 this year.
- Host a read-in for younger students, where students spend time reading and administrators and parents watch them, giving teachers extra time to catch up on other responsibilities.
- Host a car wash with students and parents. Teachers get their cars washed for free!
There are many, many more ways to honor teachers, so put your head together with other administrators to come up with other great ideas to show teachers how much you appreciate them.
The Where Learning Clicks Team has also created digital cards for you to print and give to your teachers as one small way to show your appreciation and help make this your teachers’ best Teacher Appreciation Month ever!