As a school teacher at Burwood School in Sydney and author for Parental Daily, I have plenty of practical experience and knowledge about a teacher’s daily life, their workload and relation between students and teachers.
I will share 10 heartfelt Teacher appreciation week ideas with you but let’s check out when it officially started and some personal and practical anecdotes related to teacher appreciation and their importance.
Teacher Appreciation Week was first observed in 1985 and Terry Knecht Dozier from South Carolina was given the first National Network of State Teachers of the Year award.
Great teachers are the pillars of society who mould younger genarations to become successful in their lives and do something good for their community, country annd the world.
I’ve met some great teachers during my high school years and I am also friends with excellent teachers and scholars. I know the difference that great teachers can make in the lives of students.
Throughout the whole year teachers and school staff pour their souls and hearts into educating our children without getting enough dues or recognition for their efforts.
For their essential contribution to our social and educational framework, Students and Parents should show gratitude towards their teachers work and celebrate their hardwork and dedication.
Throughout the school year, these dedicated professionals try to make this world a better place by teaching education and social etiquettes. That’s why I wanted to create a list of teacher appreciation week ideas to celebrate teachers and make them feel special.
This list is for anyone who wants to show gratitude to the teacher in their life, whether it’s your child’s favorite teacher, a special teacher who made a difference in your life, or even the support staff who play a crucial role in the school environment.
In honor of National Teacher Day, I’ve compiled a list of 10 creative and thoughtful ways to celebrate teacher appreciation week. The below listed ideas range from very easy and simple gestures like gift cards and sweet candy bars to more complex and intricate projects including – decorating the teachers lounge or creating a special bulletin board.
As a teacher I vehemently suggest students to present your teachers with some gift cards and school supplies as gift cards and school supplies are popular gifts for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Another great way to show appreciation towards your teachers and school staff is to create a bulletin board to showcase teachers and support staff to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.
Also, many schools have a tradition of students and parents writing thank-you notes to their favorite teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Students and their parents can send warm and heartful Emails or letters to the teachers and school staff during teachers appreciation week to make their days more joyful.
Let’s follow the below listed 10 Teacher appreciation Week Ideas:
The significance of appreciation in motivating teachers and improving their well-being
|Statistic Description||Percentage / Average|
|Percentage of teachers feeling underappreciated||Over 50%|
|Average amount spent by teachers on school supplies annually||$400 – 500|
|Percentage of teachers feeling appreciated when receiving supplies||Over 50%|
|Percentage of teachers feeling more valued with personalized gift||85%|
|Impact of appreciation on teacher morale and job satisfaction||Positive effect|
|Impact of feeling valued and supported on teacher retention rates||Positive effect|
|Average weekly working hours for teachers during the school year||50 hours|
|Most meaningful form of appreciation for teachers||Handwritten note|
|Motivation boost when feeling appreciated by school community||90%|
|Cost of teacher turnover per teacher for schools||$20,000|
|Increase in teacher turnover rates over the past decade||40%|
|Decrease in teacher job satisfaction over the past decade||23%|
|Percentage of teachers leaving the profession within 5 years||Nearly 50%|
|Decline in teacher morale over the past 25 years||Yes – MPR news|
|Percentage of teachers with unmanageable workloads||Over 70%|
|Percentage of teachers working a second job to make ends meet||Nearly 20%|
|Percentage of teachers spending their own money on classroom supplies||Over 90%|
1. Decorate the Bulletin Board
One of the great ideas to kick off teacher appreciation week is to decorate the bulletin board in the school. This can be a fun and creative way to celebrate teachers for the hard work they put in throughout the school year. Students can write messages of gratitude, post pictures, or showcase teacher’s achievements. This makes every teacher feel special and appreciated.
2. Upgrade the Teacher’s Lounge
Improving the teachers lounge is another wonderful idea. The lounge is where teachers relax, recharge, and interact with their colleagues. Adding comfortable furniture, motivational quotes, or even a coffee machine can make a significant difference. It’s a reminder that their comfort and well-being matter.
3. Delightful Gifts for Teachers
Giving teachers gifts is a traditional way to show appreciation. A gift basket filled with school supplies can be a practical and thoughtful gift. Or, a personalized item like a mug or a pen bearing the teacher’s name can make your favorite teacher feel valued. Don’t forget the gift cards too, they are an excellent way to show your gratitude.
4. Commend the Support Staff
Teacher appreciation week is not just for teachers, but also for the support staff who contribute immensely to the smooth running of the school. A simple thank you note, gift, or even a special lunch can go a long way in making them feel appreciated.
5. Sweet Treats
Nothing says thank you like a candy bar! Surprise the teachers and staff with a variety of candy bars in the staff room. It’s a simple and sweet way to celebrate teacher appreciation week.
6. Celebrate National Teacher Day
National Teacher Day is an excellent opportunity to honor the special teacher in your life. Organize a special ceremony or a get-together to celebrate this day. This can be a heartwarming and memorable way to celebrate teachers and their contributions.
7. Personalized Gift Ideas
Personalized gift ideas always strike a chord. Consider customizing a notebook, calendar, or a tote bag with the teacher’s name or a special message. Even small gestures can make a great teacher feel loved and appreciated.
8. Thank you Notes
A handwritten “Thank You” note from a student can be one of the most meaningful gifts a teacher can receive. Encourage students to write about a memorable moment or how the teacher has made a difference in their life. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate teacher appreciation week.
9. Class Gift
A class gift is another fun and creative way to show appreciation. The class can collaborate to create a piece of artwork, a song, or a poem dedicated to their teacher. This not only brings the class together but also creates a lasting memory for the teacher.
10. Surprise Party
Last but not least, throwing a surprise party for all the teachers is a grand way to end the teacher appreciation week. This final gesture will make every teacher feel special and cherished.
Those were some of my personal best ideas and experiences to celebrate teacher appreciation week.
Remember, it’s not always about the size or cost of the gift, but the thought that counts – sharing from personal experiences.
Meet Jeninder Kaur, an accomplished individual who has seamlessly blended her passion for education with her academic background in finance. Currently residing in the vibrant city of Sydney, Australia, Jeninder holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from University of the Sunshine Coast. Her unique journey has led her to a fulfilling career as an elementary school teacher at Montessori Academy in Burwood, where she brings her expertise and dedication to the forefront of education.
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