A Few Ways to Say Thank You to Teachers

Man oh man, do teachers ever work hard.

While I’m no longer in the classroom full time, I’ll never forget my classroom roots and the time, energy, and dedication that being an excellent educator demands.

There’s just no end to the amount of mad props these teacher-heroes deserve.

And as coaches, that’s what we’re dedicated to doing right? We work daily to support the work teachers do with quality feedback, a high five on a lesson well done, or just a basket of chocolate and a free flowing pot of coffee.

But did you know that Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner? (May 2nd-May 6th)

Well, I say we take this opportunity to show the teachers in our school and elsewhere some extra love.

Here are a few ideas to get your creative wheels spinning.

Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas

1. Share an Inspiring Video or Article

I. Love. This. Video. It makes me happy to be a teacher every time I watch it. Great job Google.


Oh, and don’t skip over this read. Such a well written article by Justin Minkel on the worthiness of teaching as a life long craft, worthy of lifetime’s practice. I wish every teacher I knew would read this, and refer back to it often.

2. Give a Special Note

Print this out on card stock and drop one in each teacher’s box recognizing them for something special. Maybe how proud you are of how far they’ve come this year, or just a thanks for welcoming you in their room.

Handwritten notes go a long way in making teachers feel special. I still keep a file of all the notes I’ve received through the years, looking back through them every now and then with a smile.

Teacher Appreciation Cards

Teacher Appreciation Note Card


3. Treat em’!

Did someone say surprise/free staff treats?! I’m in!

Our principal will often surprise treat us with a catered lunch, personal little dessert treats, or just an “it’s on me” happy hour at the end of a long week. This along with a simple email of “Thanks for all the work you do” is much appreciated by staff.

4. Create a Staff Shout-Out Board

A thoughtful staff member at school created this, and I just love it! Each day when I walk into our staff lounge, I can’t wait to see what new “shout-outs” have been posted on the board.

It’s a fun way to build culture and community in your school, and you can initiate it!

Teacher Appreciation Week

So, what do you think?! What’s one thing you can initiate or share in your building to show teachers some extra love?

I’d love for you to let me know in the comments below!

Have a terrific week, and I’ll talk to you soon,

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7 Responses to “A Few Ways to Say Thank You to Teachers”

  1. Ty January 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    I love this idea. My morale at my school is very low and this would be great to see in the lounge. Thanks!!

  2. Autumn March 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    We tried the Staff Shout Out board and it was a HIT! The neatest thing was that at the end of the month (when we took it down), I saw teachers had taken the complimentary post-its and put them on their personal bulletin boards or on their desks in their rooms. To me, that spoke volumes about how nice it was to be recognized!

    • Kristin Houser March 20, 2017 at 5:02 am #

      Hi Autumn! Thanks so much for your comment. And I couldn’t agree more! Written notes of recognition really do seem to mean a lot to teachers :) Hope the year is going well! Kristin

  3. Jill Miller August 9, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

    A great way to thank teachers is giving them the gift of time. I offer options such as reading to the class, co-teach, taking on a clerical project, supervising recess, or teaching a lesson. Additionally, I invite teachers to propose an idea if there is something different they would prefer that I do. These gifts of time fit in when teachers need it most. This allows me the opportunity to work more with students, and gives teachers a little extra time. Win, win!

  4. Laura August 13, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    Love this brilliant idea to add to my set of tools!! Always looking for ways to show appreciation of my most amazing staff I am blessed to work with!!

  5. Jennifer July 14, 2018 at 7:01 am #

    Thank you for these excellent ideas to show our support and appreciation for our hardworking staff. Your first idea mentioned a video you love. Did you have a link to it? Or can you comment on which video? Thanks again!

  6. Ec73 December 30, 2022 at 11:53 pm #

    Love the shout outs! We have a sprawling campus…. (1/4 mile from one end to the other) so I send out a weekly shout out “newsletter” on Friday before the weekend. There is a link to a Google form so teacher can send their shout outs for the following week! It’s anonymous or not. I simply copy and paste what people say and “jazz it up”’with font and color. It’s a great way for us to stay connected and know what all is going on in the school and in peoples lives! I forget sometimes and life gets busy…but people are forgiving and enjoy reading the great news on Friday!

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