Teacher Appreciation Week is an annual event which honors the men and women who are dedicated to the education of our children. However, annual recognition events can sometimes become stale as the same events and gifts are used repeatedly. Many of the events annually appearing in Teacher Appreciation Week celebrations simply need a new twist to keep them fresh and interesting.
To help make this year meaningful and memorable, Baudville’s recognition experts have compiled some fresh Teacher Appreciation Week ideas for you to incorporate at your school. Recognition that is personal and well-thought out is more memorable and meaningful to the recipient. This year, make Teacher Appreciation Week the best one yet!
Teacher Appreciation Week Idea #1: Revive the potluck lunch with a theme!
Providing a free lunch for teachers during
Teacher Appreciation Week is always appreciated. To revive the typical potluck lunch provided by the PTA, use a theme to make the lunch seem more like a noon-time party. You can coordinate your food and beverage selection, decorations and event music to set the tone for your lunch. Create anticipation for the lunch by putting a flyer or invitation in all the mailboxes or offices for the invitees. This Teacher Appreciation Week idea will have all the teachers looking forward to a fun lunch.
Here are just two possible theme ideas for a Teacher Appreciation Week lunch. The options are as endless as your creativity!
ABC Lunch: Have an ABC lunch for Teacher Appreciation Week. Show School House Rock videos (if your school doesn’t have them, check your local library), have word games on the tables and serve foods that start with different letters of the alphabet. You can start with apples, banana bread, chicken salad and keep adding all your favorite treats!
Seaside Lunch: If your theme for Teacher Appreciation Week is the Starfish, making a difference story, have a seaside lunch for all the teachers. You can serve crab cakes, crab salad, or even fish sticks. Decorate the teacher’s lounge with starfish, nets and sand centerpieces. You can raffle the centerpieces off to the attendees as door prizes! Put an electric candle inside the centerpieces for a little school-friendly ambiance.
Teacher Appreciation Week Idea #2: Innovate the hand written note!
A hand written note of thank is a great Teacher Appreciation Week idea and always conveys memorable and meaningful recognition. You can spice up the typical note or letter of appreciation this year with the creation of a thank you video. Recruit a few students from a video production class to create and produce the film. It will likely help them out with a class project, too! For this Teacher Appreciation Week idea, you need to outline the film for the students. Here are some possible video elements:
- Personal thank you by the Principal
- Students and parents saying thank you
- Footage of teachers in action
- Past students sharing a special memory of a teacher
Show the video at a school assembly or on the school television circuit. Increase the exposure of the video to a PTA meeting, school board meeting, or staff meeting to make this Teacher Appreciation Week idea even more special.
Teacher Appreciation Week Idea #3: Creative student involvement!
Broadcast the praises of your teachers during
Teacher Appreciation Week with a game that involves all the kids. Create a Jeopardy game that features “answers” about individual teachers. Students can emcee the event, teachers can be contestants, and the rest of the school can participate as the audience. The different Jeopardy categories can be about specific teachers or the principal. For example, an answer could be the alma mater or name of a pet of a specific teacher. Make one category different ways to say thank you during Teacher Appreciation Week. Most importantly, explain to the kids why you are taking time to thank teachers and the importance of recognition. You may even start a recognition revolution in your school!
Teacher Appreciation Week Idea #4: Delivering the thank you gift!
Teachers often receive a thank you gift during Teacher Appreciation Week. Gifts are frequently delivered before or after school hours in order to avoid disrupting class. However, a small disruption in favor of recognition can go a long way! This Teacher Appreciation Week idea is great for teachers who like public recognition and will also involve all kids in the classroom. Instead of leaving the Teacher Appreciation Week gift as a surprise in a mailbox or on a desk, go around the school and visit each classroom separately. When presenting the gift, explain to the kids why the teacher is being recognized and have them join in giving the teacher a round of applause. It’s never too early to teach children the power of appreciation!
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