Every day at the head of the classroom, there is a person who creatively assembles lesson plans, endlessly grades assignments and assessments, and puts everything they have into educating young minds each year. We, of course, are talking about teachers!
While they always deserve our thanks, it wasn’t until 1953 that Eleanor Roosevelt urged Congress to proclaim a national day to honor our beloved educators! Then, on March 7, 1980 the National Education Association (NEA), along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates, and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create the national day to celebrate teachers. For three years, we celebrated National Teacher Day in March, but in 1984 the National Parent Teacher Association designated the first full week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week, and in 1985 the NEA voted the Tuesday of that week to be National Teacher Day.
Each year, students, parents, and administrators go to great lengths to brainstorm ways to thank their teachers. So this year, we thought we would help out!
For 2016, the special tribute to teachers occurs next week: Monday, May 2nd through Friday, May 6th. National Teacher Day is officially Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
Below you will find five ways to thank your teachers during this week, and as an added bonus we created custom templates for you to use! All you need to do is decide which ways will work best for your school, quickly download them to distribute to your teachers next week, and share the fun with the hashtag #Cheers2Teachers!
Here are the five ways you can thank teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week:
1. Send a Special Thank You Note
A simple thank you note can go a long way for a teacher. We kept the note short and sweet, but feel free to write a message on the back to give it a personal touch! As an administrator, you can just slip the note in with the rest of the materials in your teachers’ mailboxes. If you are a parent or student, historically a hand-delivery with a smile is best! Download here.
2. Hang Teacher Appreciation Week Posters
To spread the news quickly throughout your school, we created an easy-to-print poster that you can hang up in your halls. The best part? This poster can be customized to personally thank the teachers at your school. Download here.
3. Distribute Stickers to Stellar Teachers
Teachers are always using stickers to add something special to a school day or graded assignment; why not return the favor? Give out the stickers to teachers who are doing a particularly great job during Teacher Appreciation Week, or hand them out to students for them to decide who is an A+ Teacher! Download here.
4. Get Parents Involved in Teacher Appreciation Week
If you want to take Teacher Appreciation Week a step further – reach out to parents to also get involved! In our downloadable guide, you can learn how to encourage parent participation in your school newsletter, by creating a school spirit week, or on social media!
Just use the hashtag #Cheers2Teachers to start drumming up the excitement! Or look at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to see how they are getting their state ready for this monumental week:
— Missouri DESE (@MOEducation) April 25, 2016
5. Email Teachers a Thank You Note
Finally, if your printer ink is running a bit low, remember you can always send these materials digitally! Just add them as attachments to this email template we’ve created for you, and send them out to all of your teachers! Download template here.
How will you decide to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week?
Be sure to share with us by using the hashtag #Cheers2Teachers!