Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated the first week of May. This year, make sure to encourage parents and students to acknowledge teacher’s hard work in education. As a principal, you should also be recognizing the contributions of your staff. If you need a tip or two on what you can do to show teachers appreciation– check out our five ways to say thank you below.
During Teacher Appreciation Week (or any time during the year), provide breakfast for teachers before the school day begins. A good idea would be to reach out to a local restaurant or catering service to see if they can donate their products. Utilize PTO to coordinate and serve the breakfast to staff.
For your teachers, this is a great way to start their day and make them feel extra appreciated by the school community.
The purest form of gratitude is a personal “Thank You”. Take the time to handwrite a thank you note to recognize a teacher’s accomplishment. You can do this throughout the school year. Make sure to copy each thanks or appreciation note to place in the teacher’s file. At the end of the school year, you can use these copies to draw on positive moments as you compose teacher evaluations.
Provide donuts in the staff room. Send out a quick email in the morning letting your staff know there are donuts for teachers. This small gesture can go a long way.
During Teacher Appreciation week arrange to have PTO or others cover the duties of teachers– such as schedule recess duty, after school monitoring, etc. Learn how to get PTO involved in teacher appreciation week.
Teachers will feel the most appreciated when principals and administrators listen to their needs. This can be something you do throughout the school year. Communicate with staff to hear what they need and what can be improved upon. Giving teachers a voice shows you validate their opinions and needs.
Show teacher appreciation often. Teacher Appreciation week is a good reminder that our teachers work hard and care about the impacts they are making. Teachers feel more confident and happier about their work when they are recognized and thanked regularly. Teacher morale is a side effect of appreciation. In the upcoming school year, learn how you can boost teacher morale and show recognition year round.
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