1. Choose a recognition theme for the year. To jump start your year-long teacher appreciation events, choose a recognition theme. Your theme will make your appreciation more consistent and effective. Introduce the theme to teachers by giving them a themed lapel pin they can wear at the beginning of the year.
2. Create an appreciation center. Providing the tools for recognition is the best way to encourage recognition in your school. Create an area in the office where students, parents, and staff can access thank you cards, buttons, and other small giveaways. The Cheers Kit and Caboodle is perfect for schools and gives you three different recognition sentiments.
3. Train recognition champions. To keep recognition alive and strong at your school, it will need champions! Train teachers or parent volunteers to be recognition champions. They will manage the recognition program, encourage others to recognize, and keep the school stocked with recognition gifts.
4. Implement peer recognition. Peer recognition gets the entire school involved in recognition and is a great way to sing the praises of your teachers! Use the Shout Outs peer recognition program and post all your notes on a public bulletin board.
5. Send an ePraise. Let teachers know you appreciate them by sending ePraise, a thank you ecard, throughout the year! You can send one to your favorite teacher in less than 5 minutes, and it doesn’t cost anything!
6. Surprise appreciation. Spontaneous appreciation is very memorable and effective for the recipient. Randomly surprise the teacher with a handwritten note explaining why you enjoy working with them, or a small gift you know they will enjoy.
7. Design a recognition program. A formalized recognition program will stay front of mind for all teachers and staff. You can use Tokens of Appreciation or Milestones as small gifts that teachers can collect. Periodically, they can turn in their tokens for prizes, like a special parking space, gift card, or classroom supplies.
8. Brighten a staff meeting. Make a school staff meeting more fun by providing snacks and refreshments for the teachers. Use colorful paper plates and napkins to make the meeting feel more festive.
9. School traveling trophy. Create a traveling trophy for your school. It can be a symbolic item or a stuffed animal version of your mascot. Each week, present the traveling trophy to a different teacher or staff member for going above and beyond. By the end of the year, everyone should have earned the trophy for a week!
10. Peel and stick recognition. Post a small note of appreciation on a teacher’s door, mail box, or desk. The peel and stick recognition note set has a fun sentiment already on it, so all you have to do is sign your name!