Every year, National Teacher Day is celebrated in early May! There are so many different ways to show teacher appreciation, from poems and songs to thank-you notes and heartfelt gifts. But I thought I'd put together a little bit of everything to help parents, students, teachers, and administrators celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Here you'll find inspirational teaching quotes, fun video clips, and a database of educator discounts, to name a few.
But these are just a couple of ideas -- let us know how you're celebrating this year. To start, here’s one from the Edutopia vault: VideoAmy's Five-Minute Film Festival for Teacher Appreciation Week.
- Quotes About Teachers: At the end of the year, maybe this thought makes the most sense: "When all else fails, pray for a fire drill." Even so, there are plenty of reminders here about just how appreciated teachers are.
- Ideas and Activities for Celebrating National Teacher Day: The National Education Association's page provides ideas for celebrating in class, in the community, and with your local education association. Along with this resource, you can also celebrate teachers by posting to your favorite social media sites using the hashtag #ThankATeacher.
- PTA: Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas: Do you want to honor a teacher dedicated to teaching? Well, the PTA wants to help. With thank-you note and certificate templates, information about awards for teachers, and ways that you can show your support, this is an extremely useful resource.
- Teach for America Teacher Discounts Database: This is a one-stop shop for teacher discounts. Not only does the database feature discounts at popular retailers, there are also links to tuition forgiveness programs, educator grants, and other benefits for teachers. Another great blog from Best Colleges Online highlights 100+ stores that give teacher discounts.
- PTO Today: Teacher Appreciation Resources and Ideas: This PTO Today roundup features tons of wonderful resources, and it's the perfect place to search for inspiration during Teacher Appreciation Week. There's a little bit of everything, from ideas and tips to planning resources. A few useful pages to check out include the 5-Step Teacher Appreciation Plan and Teacher Appreciation Resources List.
- 65 Ways to Recognize Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week and All Year Long: Looking for some fun new ways to celebrate teachers this May? You'll find plenty in this resource from Education World, from ideas for special themed celebrations to DIY gift ideas -- there's something here for administrators, parents, students, and everyone else.
More Teacher Appreciation Resources From Edutopia
Here's a listing of some of the most popular, insightful, and useful Teacher Appreciation-related content published in the last few years:
- Teacher Appreciation: Planning Resources for Parents, by Edutopia Staff (Updated 2015)
- Your Last-Minute Teacher Appreciation Gift Guide, by Nicholas Provenzano (2015)
- Teacher Appreciation: Why We Teach, by Margret Regan (2014)
- Teachers: Finding Appreciation at Work, by Elena Aguilar (2014)