A teacher’s primary job is to facilitate learning and development for their students. They plan and deliver lessons, assess student progress, and provide feedback and support to help students achieve their academic and personal goals. But teachers also often serve as mentors and role models for their students, helping to shape their values and behaviors as they grow and develop.
This is the most important part of their roles. They play a critical role in the lives of children and young people, as they can have a significant influence on their academic and personal development. They help to create a positive and nurturing learning environment, and can inspire and motivate their students to reach their full potential.
Teachers also help students to develop important skills and knowledge that will serve them well throughout their lives, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication.
Since the job of a teacher is so multifaceted and important, how can we express our gratitude to them as parents? See below some inspirational quotes you can use and be creative with.
How do you show appreciation to your children’s teachers?
There are many conventional ways to do this and also – and more interestingly – creative and unique ones.
I have always tried to be as creative as possible as well as sustainable. In my love for recycling and upcycling, I once made these Whoopie Cookies personalized Teacher’s gift in case you fancy making some cookies too.
If not… here are a few creative ideas:
Write a Thank-you Note or Letter
A handwritten note or letter is a personal and thoughtful way to show appreciation to your children’s teachers. In the note, you can express your gratitude for their hard work and dedication to your child’s education.
You can make this note or letter much more original and creative by implementing one of these tips:
- Use a unique format: Instead of a traditional letter or note, consider using a different format. This could be a poem, a list of reasons why you are grateful, or a series of illustrations or drawings that depict your appreciation.
- Include quotes or phrases: Consider including quotes or phrases that express your gratitude. This could be a quote from a famous person, a phrase that has special meaning to you, or a personal motto that reflects your appreciation.
- Use creative language: Instead of simply stating that you are grateful, try using creative language. This could involve using descriptive adjectives or using metaphors or similes to convey your feelings.
- Include personal anecdotes: Consider including personal anecdotes or examples of how the teacher has made a positive impact on your child’s education in your thank-you letter or note. This can help to make the letter or note more personal and meaningful.
- Add a personal touch: You could also add a personal touch to your thank-you letter or note by including a DIY Personalized Gift
or a handwritten note from your child. This can make the letter or note more special and meaningful.
Give a small gift
A small gift, such as a box of chocolates or flowers, can be a nice way to show appreciation to your children’s teachers. You could also consider giving a gift card to a local coffee shop or bookstore.
I wrote 5 ways to Make a Teacher Appreciation Gift that you can check for some ideas.
Although these will always be traditional ways to do this, you can be a bit bold and go for something a little bit more daring and creative such as:
- Volunteer your time: If you have the time and availability, you could offer to volunteer in your children’s classroom or school. This could involve helping with classroom activities, chaperoning field trips, or assisting with other tasks as needed.
- Participate in teacher appreciation events: Many schools have teacher appreciation events or celebrations throughout the year. You could show your appreciation by participating in these events and helping to recognize the hard work and dedication of your children’s teachers.
- Share your appreciation with others: You could also show your appreciation by sharing your positive experiences with other parents and community members. This could involve writing a positive review of the teacher or school on social media or talking to other parents about the great work being done by your children’s teachers.
Send a Self-Care package
This is by far, my favorite. Wouldn’t you like this if you were a teacher!? Come on! I would LOVE it!
Consider putting together a self-care package filled with items that the person would enjoy. Simple put yourself in their shoes and just give as you would like to be given. This could be a fun and thoughtful way to show your appreciation.
Teachers need a well earned rest after all, right?
Another option within this category would be offering a Self-care Book, here are some book suggestions for women over 40 in case your teacher falls under this group.
Do Something Kind for Them
You could also show your appreciation by doing something kind for the teacher. This could be something like:
- Offer to help with classroom tasks: You could offer to help your children’s teacher with tasks such as grading papers, preparing materials, or organizing the classroom. This can be a great way to show your appreciation and ease the workload of your children’s teacher.
- Bring in treats or snacks: Consider bringing in treats or snacks for your children’s teacher to enjoy. This could be something as simple as a box of cookies or a basket of fruit, or you could prepare a more elaborate spread.
- Help with a special project: You could also offer to help your children’s teacher with a special project they are working on, such as creating a bulletin board or preparing materials for a lesson.
- Write a positive review or recommendation: Consider writing a positive review or recommendation for your children’s teacher on social media or on a website such as Rate My Teachers. This can be a great way to show your appreciation and help to spread the word about their good work.
Organise a Surprise Party
For this one, you’ll need to partner with other parents ideally and even with someone close to the teacher. Be their partner, if they have one, a family member or even one of their colleagues (who will certainly be jealous, lol).
This could be something as simple as a surprise party in the classroom, or a more elaborate event such as a special dinner or outing.
Remember, it’s the thought that counts, so even a small gesture of appreciation can go a long way in making a teacher feel valued and appreciated.
Thank you to all the teachers out there for all that you do!