Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Explore some of the special things you can do for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week with this article. You'll find ideas that can be used by principals, parents or students.

Ideas for Principals

Showing how much you value your teachers can give them the encouragement they need. You can:

Set Up a Reading Time with Different Classes

Scheduling a time during the school day to come in and read to students can be a great way to give your teachers a break. You can read one of your favorite books or get suggestions from the teacher. You can even include some activities afterwards to keep students engaged! This idea also allows you to spend some extra time getting to know the students.

You can check out these lessons on books and poems for elementary school to get some reading ideas and find fun activities or discussion topics to use in class.

Bring in Treats

Sometimes sugar in the morning makes the entire day better. Consider bringing in doughnuts for everyone to share. You can also go healthier and set up some fresh fruit, along with bagels and different toppings.

Make Things Comfortable

Setting up a 'jeans' day is an easy way to encourage teachers to relax a little during class time. Have teachers dress comfortably for one day or several days throughout the week.

Ideas for Parents

Teachers play a vital role in educating your children, making the chance to give back very special. Consider the following options:

Sub In

Teaching a classroom full of kids all year long is a lot of work. Check with your school to see if you can act as a sub in the classroom for a special treat, or ask if there are any other ways you can help out. Sometimes it's as simple as grading some assignments or reading a few essays!

You can check out these ready-to-go lesson plans if you need help getting ready to instruct. These online courses cover several different subjects and grade levels, allowing you to easily access the teaching resources you need.

Make Some Gifts

You can create gift baskets for teachers with fruit, gift cards and other treats. You might also consider collecting a bunch of prizes and holding a drawing where teachers can put their names in for the chance to win the item of their choice.

Offer Your Time

There's a lot of printing, copying and creating to be done in the schoolroom. Find out if your teacher needs help setting up art projects, filing paperwork or completing other office tasks. Completing these duties for teachers can give them a much needed break.

Ideas for Students

Students spend a lot of time with their teachers. Help them say thank you with these ideas:

Write a Letter

Taking the time to carefully write a letter thanking the teacher can mean a lot. Help students pick out specific things they appreciate about their teacher to really express their gratitude. You can use this lesson on How to Write a Thank You Letter to a Teacher to walk your students through the steps involved in completing this activity.

Bring in Something Special

If a student has an idea about something nice the teacher would like, now is the time to bring it. A nice bunch of flowers isn't a bad idea, nor is some kind of candy. However, this option really depends on the teacher.

Make a Banner

Depending on the age of the students, this project might require some assistance. Older children can create a banner thanking their teacher on their own. However, your children may need help with spelling or making sure they have enough room for everything they want to write.

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