Teacher Appreciation Week is a week-long celebration in the month of May, which is designated to honoring and celebrating the hard work and dedication of our teachers. During this week, schools across America show their love and appreciation to their teachers by having students and parents participate in activities to give thanks and. In celebration of this week, I have gathered a few fun ideas and activities to show teachers how special you think they are. You will find ideas for administrators, teachers, and students. One of the most effective ways that administration can show how much they appreciate their teaching staff is to plan something special for their teachers. A simple way to show your appreciation is to prepare a luncheon in the faculty lounge for all the teachers in the school. Order a pizza or if your school has extra money splurge on some take-out. If you really want to make a big deal out of your teaching staff and get your students in an uproar, try creating a red carpet experience. Get a piece of red carpet and velvet ropes and have each teacher walk down the carpet as they arrive at school. Plan a surprise end of the day celebration. Designate the last hour of the day as free time for the students. Then organize for parents to come in and help out with the class while the teacher goes to the lounge for a much-needed break. Have the teachers lounge filled with coffee and snacks, your efforts will be much appreciated. A great way to teach your students about the value of showing appreciation for hard work is to have a class discussion about why teachers are so special. Follow up this discussion with a few fun activities. Often students don t really grasp the importance of all their teachers do. To help them understand the time and effort it takes to be a teacher try reading a few books about teachers. Some of my favorites are: Thank you Mr. Falker by,
by Harry Allard and What If There Were No Teachers? By Caron Chandler Loveless. Have students compare their favorite teacher with a teacher from one of the books you read. Have them use a like a Venn diagram to help them organize their ideas.
Have students write a letter to their favorite teacher telling them what makes them so special. First brainstorm ideas together as a class, then have students write their letters on special paper, and when completed, allow them to give it to the teacher they wrote about. All teachers love to receive recognition for their hard work, but they appreciate it the most when it comes from their students. Here are some suggestions on how fellow teachers and parents can help students can give thanks to their teacher. One of the most important ways students can express their gratitude to their teachers is to say it out loud. A unique way of doing this is to give thanks over the loudspeaker. If this is not possible then students can also ask the teacher if they can have a few minutes in the beginning or the end of class to show their appreciation. Before or after school, decorate the teacher s classroom door with all the things they love, or what you love about the teacher. If your teacher loves animals, decorate the door in an animal theme. You can add a personal touch such as a letter to the teacher, a World s Best teacher certificate or even a painting or drawing. There s nothing like a handmade gift that really shows a teacher how much you appreciate them. Create something that the teacher can cherish such as, a hall or bathroom pass, magnet, bookmark or anything they can use in their classroom, the ideas are endless. for signing up. Tuesday we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, an annual occasion to pause from the hectic pace of our lives to say \”thank you\” to our teachers. The celebration, part of Teacher Appreciation Week, honors our nation\’s educators and recognizes the positive difference they make not only in our classrooms but also in our lives. It\’s virtually impossible to separate the contributions of the teachers we\’ve had from the successes we\’ve achieved as parents, as workers, as members of our communities. and together as a global society. Their role is that valuable. In fact, if it were up to us, we\’d make every day National Teacher Appreciation Day, or National Teacher Day, as it\’s also called.
In a sense, that\’s what we\’re trying to do with the program, which we launched in February. We wanted to encourage a needed, inspiring, national conversation around the many different ways educators leave a lasting positive impact on us — not just while we\’re in school, but for as long as we live. Think about it. Whether it was a professor, guidance counselor, art teacher or principal, some educator in each of our lives went above and beyond to inspire our learning. And for that gift — for challenging us and believing in our ability to succeed — this day can only scratch the surface of repaying the deeper gratitude that\’s due. So far, the program has received more than a hundred incredible stories of hope and inspiration. We receive them daily, and we hope to receive many more. One of the most rewarding and moving aspects of reading through these submissions is their incredible diversity and authenticity. Inspiration is a very personal thing, and can mean something very different to each person. For example, a recent submission came from a flamenco dance teacher at an elementary school in Washington, D. C. , who was inspired by her own dance mentor to forgo a career in professional dance in instead go into education. At school, she uses her classes to teach young students not just choreography, but important life skills such as cooperation, hard work, responsibility, and self-respect. \”I always make certain students can laugh at their mistakes –and relax enough to see their strengths and weaknesses without being hard on themselves,\” she said. \”Together we relish in the learning process. \” Another moving story came from a math teacher in Massachusetts, who insisted she was \”one of those kids\” in second grade who couldn\’t seem to find her path and received constant criticism about her lack of direction. That is, until a patient and caring educator, Mrs. Smith, found a way to tap into her full potential by taking her out of the classroom and into the gym. There she learned about focus and discipline while helping to clean lockers, stack yoga mats, and organize equipment. \”There under the [balance] beam, I learned to add 1/4 and 1/2.
Up on the beam, I practiced while Mrs. Smith talked about fractions and gravity, momentum, and muscle cells. She spoke of history and maps. I jumped and twirled, and began to know that the world was interesting,\” the math teacher recalled. \”At 27, I completed a B. S. degree. At 39, I got my Master of Education. I am one of the lucky ones. Someone saw me as worthwhile. \” The inspiration to educate can strike at any time, not just between the years of kindergarten and high school. We heard an incredible story about a young man who, after working as a 911 call operator for many years, was motivated to create and teach a preparatory course at his local community college for those interested in entering the profession. Emergency dispatcher training is not standardized across the country, and many in the profession have little to no opportunity to prepare for the demands of the job ahead. Inspired by his mentor, Sue Pivetta, a woman who created one of the first standardized college dispatch courses in the U. S. , our storyteller \”decided to just go for it,\” he said. Now a lead instructor at Palm Beach State College, he has prepared and inspired dozens of students for the dispatch profession. \”If it wasn\’t for Sue\’s inspiration and trailblazing, I wouldn\’t have never had the vision to see this through,\” he said. \”My teaching success is because of her. \” Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, and yet, educators around the country continue to find creative ways to light that spark within their students year after year. So, join me in thanking our teachers — not just on this annual day of appreciation, but each and every day in between — for all they do to make our futures burn a bit brighter. Kermit S. Randa is chief executive officer of PeopleAdmin, the leader in cloud-based talent management solutions for education and government. He has 20 years of executive experience leading firms in the software industry.