Teacher Appreciation Week is a special time to celebrate the amazing people dedicated to educating children. Here are ten fun ways to show your appreciation!

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect time to show how much we appreciate all that our teachers do for us. They shape the minds of our future generations and help instill a love of learning in all of their students. It is vital to celebrate teachers during this week because of teachers' significant impact on students and the education system. Administrators, parents, and the community can help ensure teachers feel appreciated during this special week.

Read on below for some great ideas to recognize teachers:

1. "Thank You for Being a Great Teacher" printable

Thanking our teachers is one of the best ways to show them how much we appreciate all they do for us. A simple “thank you” can go a long way in ensuring that our teachers feel appreciated. This Teacher Appreciation Week, take the time to say “thank you” with this FREE printable.

Have students fill out the printable for their teachers. Collect them all and display them in the teachers’ lounge or in the hallway for everyone to see. This is a great way to show your staff how much they are appreciated.

2. Staff Spotify playlist

What better way to celebrate your teachers than with music! Spotify playlists are a great way to show your teachers how much you appreciate them. With Spotify, you can create custom playlists for your teachers that include all of their favorite songs. This is a great way to ensure that your teachers feel appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Ask teachers to share their favorite songs via a Google Form. You can even make more than one playlist based on themes. For example, you can have a “90s Hits” playlist, a "Motivational Songs” playlist, and a “Songs to Get You Through the Day” playlist. Share the playlist with your staff and let them enjoy it, or even play it over the intercom! Check out this article on sharing and also collaborating on a Spotify playlist.

3. Administrator tag-out

The administrator “tag-out” is a great way to show your appreciation for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a way for administrators to take over the classrooms for a time period so that teachers can have a break. This is also an excellent opportunity for principals to get some more face time with the students in their buildings.

For the administrator tag-outs, administrators will "tag out" a teacher so they can take a quick break. Breaks could include but are not limited to going to the lounge for a snack, grabbing a coffee, or taking a walk. This is a great way to show your appreciation for all that teachers do!

4. Thanks for holding it together!

Thank your teachers for holding it together even when they have felt like falling apart during this crazy year with cute teacher bookmarks. Teachers are turning pages in their students' lives every day. 

Have each teacher take a bookmark or two and help remind them that you couldn't hold it together without them! Customize this Canva template and include a card with each bookmark as well. Don’t have Canva? Sign as an educator for FREE here. Let them know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication with these bookmarks.

5. Staff trail mix bar

Who doesn't love a good snack? A staff trail mix bar is a simple way to fuel up your teachers and show appreciation simultaneously. This is a great way to show your staff that you are thinking about their well-being and appreciate all they do.

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Photo Courtesy of Sally Skowronski, Principal, Nativity of Our Savior School

A trail mix bar can include various items such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, granola, and chocolate. We also recommend going with snack bags so that your staff can take their snack to go. Food is always a crowd-pleaser when it comes to showing appreciation! Make this celebration festive with these FREE trail mix bar signs.

6. Room service for a day

What teacher wouldn't love some room service? Teachers don't have a lot of spare time throughout the day, so what better way to celebrate them than delivering them with their room service. Have each teacher fill out this FREE room service printable before Teacher Appreciation Week.

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Load up your favorite staff cart, decorate it, and start your room service deliveries. Students will also love seeing their teachers get all this much-deserved attention. This is a great way to show your staff that you are thinking about them and appreciate all they do!

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Kerri Wortinger, Principal, Westview Elementary

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Kerri Wortinger, Principal, Westview Elementary

7. Flipgrid video from students and their families

In this day and age, video content is a fantastic way to connect and show gratitude. With Flipgrid, students and families can record short video messages for their teachers via a shared link. Student and their families can share all the reasons they are thankful for their teachers.

These videos are an excellent way for teachers to see how much their students and families appreciate them. This is also a perfect way for administrators to see all the impact teachers make. Videos can be played back for teachers at a staff meeting or during Teacher Appreciation Week. These videos are a great way to show your appreciation for all your teachers do!

8. Thanks for keeping us "A-float" treat

Thank your teachers for keeping everyone "Afloat" this year with this fun and easy treat. All you need are drink holders, soda cans, and these FREE printable tags.

Attach the label to the drink holder, and you're all set! This is a great way to show your staff that you are thinking about them and appreciate all they do.

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Photo Courtesy of Sarah Armstrong, Principal, Garfield Elementary in Clay Center

9. Stock the Fridge

We all know how important it is to fuel our bodies with healthy food, but sometimes we forget how important it is to fuel our teachers. A great way to show your appreciation for teachers is to stock the fridge with healthy snacks and drinks. This is a great way to show your appreciation for teachers who have to eat on the go.

All you need is your staff lounge fridge, some snacks, and drinks. Fill up your staff's fridge with yogurt, string cheese, fruit, water, tea, and other beverages. This is a great way to show your team that you think about their well-being and appreciate all they do.

10. Inspirational Stickers

We all need a little inspiration from time to time, and what better way to show your appreciation for teachers than with some inspirational stickers.

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These stickers can be used as a fun way to decorate teachers' laptops, notebooks, or even water bottles. Grab one or more of these sticker sets here:

Encourage all of your teachers to take one for themselves and a friend! Go through all the stickers to check for any misprints or sayings you would like to remove. These stickers are simple, but they are sure to smile on any teacher's face.

Administrators, parents, and the community can use these ten fun ways to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and show their appreciation for all that teachers do. These ideas will help put a smile on any teacher's face and let them know how much they are appreciated.

Please let us know if you have any of your favorite teacher appreciation week ideas or how it went when you tried some of our suggestions!

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