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.
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.
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!
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,