When it comes to parent group tasks, teacher appreciation activities are some of the most rewarding. In fact, it is sometimes hard to tell who enjoys teacher appreciation more—the teachers who receive expressions of gratitude, or the PTO leaders who have so much fun putting together the celebrations. Teacher Appreciation Week, an early May tradition, will be celebrated from May 4 through May 8 this year. And if you are looking for tips and ideas for your teacher appreciation planning, you’ve landed in the right spot.
- Our site has several teacher appreciation resources, including our Teacher Appreciation topic page, which you can find on our homepage navigation bar on the Events and Programs drop-down menu, or from the shortcuts links at the bottom of the homepage.
- We have a special section on our Message Boards focused on teacher appreciation.
- Our Teacher Appreciation section of the File Exchange has more than five dozen free downloadables you can customize for your school, included a just-published collection of Teacher Appreciation Gift Tags.
To help you navigate through these resources, we’ve put together this Teacher Appreciation Resource List. It includes links to our most popular articles, downloadables, and clip art.
First, the Plan
It is worth taking some time to think about the big picture—what does your group want to do for teacher appreciation? Consider the overall personality of your community. Would the teachers like one big luncheon celebration (costumes, props, etc.) or a low-key approach with just a small gift for each staff person?
Next, the Budget (or Not)
Some groups have a line item on the budget for teacher appreciation expenses. But many don’t have any extra funds for it. No worries—teacher appreciation lends itself to homemade gifts and acts of kindness that have no cost but a person’s time.
Teacher appreciation is a time to let your creative side shine. For those who need some help in motivating that inner artist, we’ve got you covered:
- Creative Twists on Teacher Appreciation
- 9 Ways To Celebrate
- 14 Teacher Appreciation Ideas They’ll Love
- Tips for Teacher Appreciation (slideshow)
- Teacher Appreciation Ideas From the Trenches
- Keep It Simple
It isn’t a problem if your group hasn’t planned out its teacher appreciation activities. Many people thrive when a deadline is looming and get great results. Here’s some help:
- It’s the Thought That Counts
- Last-Minute Teacher Appreciation Ideas
- Great Ideas From Contest Winners
- More Easy Teacher Appreciation Ideas
Downloadables: Organizing Your Teacher Appreciation Activities
Our free downloadable files can help you get organized, promote your event, request volunteers, and show teachers you care. The documents can be customized for your group.
- Teacher Appreciation Staff Survey
- Teacher Appreciation Certificate
- Teacher Appreciation Donation Request Flyer
- Teacher Appreciation Request for Parent Volunteers
- Teacher Appreciation Planning Meeting Invite
- Luncheon Invitation
Consider providing teachers with sweet poems that express how special they are.
- The Candy Poem
- Teacher Appreciation Poem
- Marvelous and Magnificent Teacher Poem (works with M&M candies)
Downloadables: Fun Gift Labels and Tags
Try downloading our free gift tags and labels that you can attach to small gifts to give teachers a smile or a chuckle.
- "We Have the Coolest Teachers" tags
- 2 Nice + 2 Be = Forgotten tags
- “I love...” jar tags
- "S’More Teachers" gift cards
- Teacher Appreciation coffee tags
- Get Out of Recess Duty cards
- Teacher Appreciation bandages tags
- Teacher Appreciation candy bar labels
- Teacher Appreciation window washing cards
- Teacher Appreciation pill bottle labels
- Teacher Appreciation highlighter labels
For a complete list of all our downloadables, including gift tags for erasers, scissors, iced tea, and more, check our File Exchange on Teacher Appreciation.
Clip Art and Images
You can bring that “something extra” to cards, notes, or emails by using our clip art and quotes.
- Teacher Appreciation Word Cloud poster
- Teacher Appreciation Clip Art for newsletters, emails, and flyers
- Teacher Appreciation Ideas on Pinterest
- Teacher Appreciation Quotes on Pinterest
Teachers really love a teacher appreciation celebration with a fun theme. Plus, having a theme helps organizers because it simplifies planning and purchases.
- Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Themes
- Red Carpet-Theme Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Tools: flyer, invitation, letter, and table tent
- Western Theme Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Tools: flyer, invitation, letter, and table tent
- Fiesta Theme Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Tools: flyer, invitation, letter, and table tent
- Luau Theme Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Tools: flyer, invitation, letter, and table tent
One Final Note: Teacher Appreciation at the Holidays
You don’t need to worry about the holiday season now. But tuck these away for next year!