Teachers, principals, coaches, librarians, and other school staff put themselves on the line everyday for our kids. And, they don’t often get recognized for this challenging work -- a little bit of thanks can go a long way! Looking for ways to express your gratitude? Start with Edutopia's How to Thank a Teacher Guide (also available in Spanish.) Then, check out the resources below for gift ideas, thank-you note tips, ways to celebrate on social media, and more.
A heartfelt note is something every teacher is sure to appreciate. Whether via handwritten notes or digital formats, express your thanks and encourage your child to do the same. Below are some tips and examples that you can use as guides.
Teacher Appreciation Week 2012 (Edutopia, 2012)
Browse this brief guide to gift ideas, assembled with suggestions provided by Edutopia's online community. For even more ideas from educators and parents about the types of gifts teachers really appreciate, dive into Edutopia's community discussion on teacher gifts for the holidays.
Browse a few of the gift ideas from Edutopia's 2012 teacher appreciation project, collected below.
Follow and favorite teachers on social media, and check for updates throughout the school year. Use the hashtag #TeachersMatter on Twitter to celebrate teachers, and hop on Pinterest to check out Edutopia’s Appreciate Teachers and Teacher Gift Ideas pinboards.
My Teacher, My Hero (Presented by Teaching Channel)
My Teacher, My Hero provides opportunities to highlight and celebrate teachers across America. Go to Share Your Story to share a video about a teacher who has influenced your life, and browse videos to watch other inspirational stories.