You don’t have to be a fan of college basketball to get in on the fun of March Madness. We put together our own Sweet 16 tournament bracket on something we all know a lot about: teacher appreciation.

In the game between sweet gifts and thoughtful gestures, one contender had a strong showing in every single match it played! The ultimate teacher appreciation winner: a personal gift card for the teacher, such as for Amazon, dinner out, or going to the movies.

March Madness Showdown: Teacher Appreciation
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But no need to stop there—who says appreciation can only be shown one way, one time? We have so many great suggestions to tell your school staff how awesome they are.

Thanks for playing our first March Madness tournament, and have fun with your teacher appreciation plans—no matter what you do, your teachers are sure to love it!


Round 4: The Championship

Teacher Appreciation Gifts vs. Gestures Championship
gift card for personal use (Amazon, movies, restaurant, etc.)
theme luncheon
survey

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Round 3: The Final Four

In Round 2, school supply cake had a close win against gourmet treats with punny tags, while personal gift card trounced class photo. Lunch duty pass beat love notes from students, and theme luncheon soundly beat monthly potluck breakfasts. Which two will make it to the championship round? Cast your vote to help decide.

Gifts Conference Final Four: Gift Card vs. Supply Cake
gift card for personal use (Amazon, movies, restaurant, etc.)
school supply cake
quotes to know
Gestures Conference Final Four: Luncheon vs. Lunch Duty Pass
theme luncheon
covering lunch/recess duty
QuizMaker

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Round 2: The Elite Eight!

In Round 1, monthly potluck breakfasts just squeaked by teachers lounge makeover; lunch/recess duty pass only slightly beat out setting up a popcorn or trail mix bar. And it’s fair to say that not many teachers will be enjoying homemade cookies or cupcakes as it was soundly beat by gifts of gourmet treats! Cast your vote to influence which ideas will make it to the Final Four.

Gifts Conference Elite Eight: Class Photo vs. Gift Card
matted and framed class photo
gift card for personal use (Amazon, movies, restaurant, etc.)
Gifts Conference Elite Eight: Gourmet Treats vs. Supply Cake
gourmet coffee, chocolate, baked goods, etc. with punny tags
school supply cake
Gestures Conference Elite Eight: Luncheon vs. Monthly Breakfasts
theme luncheon
monthly potluck breakfasts
Gestures Conference Elite Eight: Lunch Duty Pass vs. Student Notes
covering lunch/recess duty
"love notes" from kids

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Round 1: It’s a Gift

March Madness Showdown: Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Thoughtful gifts are just one of the ways parent groups show support for teachers. Which ones will fall first? Vote below to make your choices known.

Gifts Conference: Personal vs. Professional Gift Card
gift card for personal use (Amazon, movies, restaurant, etc.)
gift card for classroom or student supplies
survey
Gifts Conference: Home-baked vs. Gourmet
homemade cookies or cupcakes
gourmet coffee, chocolate, baked goods, etc. with punny tags
surveymaker
Gifts Conference: Supply Cake vs. Potted Plant
school supply cake
decorated clay flower pot with potted plant
deep quotes
Gifts Conference: Class Photo vs. Handprint Frame
matted and framed class photo
handprint picture frame
survey maker

 

 

Round 1: Thoughtful Gestures FTW

March Madness Showdown: Teacher Appreciation Gestures

These efforts might be less tangible but they’re no less loved by teachers. Which will make it to the Elite Eight? Vote below to make your voice heard.

Gestures Conference: Monthly Breakfasts vs. Lounge Makeover
monthly potluck breakfasts
teachers lounge makeover
surveymaker
Gestures Conference: Lunch Duty Pass vs. Trail Mix Bar
covering lunch/recess duty
popcorn or trail mix bar in teachers lounge
survey maker
Gestures Conference: Student Notes vs. Sidewalk Messages
"love notes" from kids
chalk messages on sidewalk
survey tools
Gestures Conference: Luncheon vs. Mini Massage
theme luncheon
mini massages with massage therapist
surveyMaker