May 3-9 marks National Teacher Appreciation Week, with May 5 slated for Teacher Appreciation Day.
I’ve been there/done that, this whole teaching thing, and I know that any form of positive acknowledgment for the job that teachers do is the right form. While their career should always be esteemed, the current budget cuts to schools combined with higher expectations for testing a wider range of abilities should encourage all of us to support our children’s teachers even more.
We are incredibly grateful for our daughter’s teachers and the excellent education she is getting in her tiny school. I am purposing to show my gratitude in a special way next week!
Budgets are tight, and time is a scarce commodity, but do try to appreciate the teachers in your life. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Have your child create a thank you card. Attach it to a goody bag of “freebies” you’ve collected: lotion, lip balm, notepads, etc.
- Write a letter to a former favorite teacher of yours.
- Write a letter to one of your child’s current or past teachers. (When one of my former 6th graders graduated high school, her mother wrote me a beautiful thank you letter. I still have that letter, and it still brings tears to my eyes.)
- Provide breakfast for the teacher’s lounge. This might be a fun project to complete with other parents. A fruit tray with dip and some muffins (more muffin recipes here) or cinnamon rolls would be a hit!
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper in praise of your school or teacher.
- Take your child to school one day next week, look his teacher in the eye, and say “Thank you for all you do.” The power of the positive, spoken word!
- Use your swagbucks to gift a teacher with some free Starbucks. Gift certificates are a teacher’s best friend!
- Volunteer in the classroom. Read to the students, assemble/take down a bulletin board, clean the room with Clorox wipes, etc.
- Offer an evening of free babysitting if your child’s teacher has young children of her (or his!) own.
- Brighten the teacher’s desk with some lovely spring flowers or a houseplant that can be taken home at the end of the school year.
Bonus: If you are your child’s teacher, give yourself a break! Take the day off… go play, splurge on a special treat. Know that your family appreciates you!
In what clever ways have you shown gratitude to a hardworking teacher?
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