The popular adage of There’s no “I” in team. could also be applicably modified to the teaching profession. The most effective educators are well aware that There’s no “I” in teach either. They say it takes a village to raise a child; well it also takes a village to teach one. Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect time to thank that village.
Making Time for Mindful Communication explores the importance of sharing some positive accolades and communications to make others feel valued and appreciated. Fellow teachers and support staff are a great starting point in tackling this increased mindfulness endeavor. The appreciative efforts don’t have to be elaborately planned and grand scale. The most impactful ones are often those that are more personalized with a minimal or nonexistent monetary value. If a new car is within the budget, by all means, make the grand effort! Based on much recent media coverage though, this likely isn’t the case.
Here are 15 ideas for letting your comrades in all things education know they are appreciated.
- Personalized certificates may seem corny, but there’s a high-likelihood that said certificate(s) will be posted with pride by the Sick Day Lifesaver, Tech Guru, Knower of All Things Grammar, etc.
- Bringing in some homemade (bonus) or store bought baked goods is always welcome. Knowing a personal favorite gets even more bonus points.
- Grab an extra coffee, tea, flavored drink at your usual morning hydrate/caffeinate stop.
- Write a personal note. Yes, they still make the pen and paper kind. (Digital will do, but the extra effort would be a nice touch.) Whether they helped out in a pickle or always have a positive attitude, take the time to acknowledge they made an impact.
- Take their duty. Yep, I said it. Nothing is more of a gift to a teacher than time. If you can swing it, this speaks volumes.
- Hand-me-downs are all a part of that trash/treasure equation. If there is something a fellow teacher is lacking that you no longer use or have in quantity, share the love.
- Offer a helping hand. While some teachers may be good at it all, the majority would welcome some help in a few areas. Whether you could add an artistic touch, do a little editing, offer some DIY assistance, etc., sharing an area of expertise is a great way to share thanks.
- Join the committee/cause. That teacher you’re admiring for running the fundraiser, organizing the group, planning the special event, there’s a strong likelihood that he would feel extremely appreciated if his efforts were acknowledged by an extra set of hands!
- Say it on a Post-it. Thanks and appreciation don’t have to be elaborate. Even just a You’re awesome! with or without a smiley face can brighten someone’s day. Write this ditty on the top of a Post-it pad that is given as a gift, and it is two ways to show thanks!
- Loan them a book you think they’d enjoy or offer a recommendation for a book, show, movie, etc. This shows you’ve taken time to think of them and consider their likes/interests.
- Give them a hug. Teachers are some of the world’s leading experts on holding it all together when others would throw in the towel. A hug of understanding is often just what’s needed.
- Hand sanitizer will always be appreciated. Kids, germs, enough said.
- One can never go wrong with a gift card or a freebie coupon. Buy a card to their favorite spot, or give them a coupon, earned or purchased, for a treat.
- Any and all supplies are a great way to make a fellow teacher feel appreciated. Yes, it can only take one pen to make a difference, but when you keep running out of them, a replenished supply is a real lifesaver!
- A positive shout out of the in-person and verbal kind can do wonders. Compliment a colleague on the excited reactions being shared by students, their invaluable efforts toward the school’s vision, always having something positive to say, being a team player, etc.
Taking time out of your day to let someone else know they are valued and appreciated can have a lasting effect on both the giver and the receiver of the positive exchange. Teacher Appreciation Week is a perfect time to consider the huge impact that colleagues have on the everyday successes that are achieved in the classroom. Finding an easy way to say thanks and share that appreciation is a breeze with these 15 ideas that allow teachers to express to colleagues that they understand there is no “I” in teach!