Visiting teachers in the classroom provides a valuable opportunity for giving meaningful teacher appreciation. By visiting teachers during the school day, you can catch them first-hand in award-worthy actions. During your classroom visit, you will see people in their routine, doing their primary work. This is the best time for you to observe behaviors and actions that you can recognize and use for teacher appreciation.
Your classroom visit is separate from the observation/evaluation process, and a few essential suggestions are important to optimize this experience:
Teacher Appreciation Classroom Visit Suggestions
1. Stay at least 30 minutes.
2. Move around the room observing areas and materials.
3. Listen to the interactions and talk to students and the teacher.
4. Make notes.
5. Leave a thank you note for each adult present, observing one particular noteworthy item (a bulletin board, a center, an art project, a teaching technique).
6. In your note, tell the teacher you observed: “Your contribution to the students of this school makes a difference!”
End every classroom visit with a thank you note to express teacher appreciation. Teachers will begin to look forward to your visits and the positive notes you leave behind!