They educate, motivate and encourage students every day; so for one week every year, many schools choose to honor their educators during Teacher Appreciation Week. This recognition, initiated in 1984 by the National PTA, is a time to honor women and men who educate children. Show teachers how much you care by creating a one-of-a-kind theme for the celebration.
An apple has always been a classic gift for teachers, so show educators how much they're appreciated by decorating the school with the fruit. Instruct students to each bring the teacher an apple at least once during the week. Create large apple decorations from cardboard and hang them in the halls. You can also make an apple tree mural. Encourage students to cut out paper apples and write why they think their teachers are special on them. Hang each apple on the tree to show how far the teacher's hard work and knowledge is spreading.
Go back in time to honor teachers with a history theme. Create a display of photographs and information about teachers from the school's past. Also, ask teachers to hang school pictures of themselves on their doors. For example, the fourth-grade teacher could display his school picture from fourth grade. At the end of the week, surprise teachers with students from their past. Invite students who graduated from the school just a few years ago, as well as those who left more than a decade ago. Teachers will love catching up with former students and seeing how time with them paid off.
Teachers help and encourage students to improve their grades. Give your teachers an A+ with a grading theme this Teacher Appreciation Week. Decorate the hallways with large A+ posters. Create positive report cards for each teacher by asking students to write their favorite things about their educators. Hold a school-wide vote to recognize teachers for their top traits. For example, name one teacher the best listener and another the most hilarious, giving each educator a title.
Teachers work long hours educating children. Help them relax during Teacher Appreciation Week with a pampering theme. Start by delivering a hot breakfast to each teacher in the classroom. Serve gourmet coffee in the teachers break room, too. Ask parents to donate their time and services to give teachers massages or do their nails. Encourage students to be extra quiet and mindful throughout the week, as well, so teachers can have a week of relaxation and be recharged for the rest of the year.
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