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Teacher appreciation

May 2, 2011

A very happy teacher appreciation week to all educators! Teachers deserve far more than a week's celebration, but setting aside this designated week gives parents and PTOs an opportunity to pool resources and volunteers and recognize teachers for all they do.

At our elementary school, we do something every day this week (schedule here). My favorite days are always You've Got Mail, where we ask students to write a homemade appreciation card, and a Thanks for Helping Us Grow day where students bring in seeds or potted plants. These can be planted at school or home.

There are many, many great ideas out there for celebrating teachers. Here's a quick roundup of some I found:

Some spiffy scissors for teachers who are "A Cut Above the Rest"

A delicious chocolate bundt cake recipe with cute You Take The Cake gift tags

Beautiful handmade bookmarks. I'm not much of a seamstress, but I think I could pull these off!

"No Matter How You Spell It, Our Teachers Rock!" Show your school's teachers that you mean it with these Scrabble-style letter tiles. Print on card stock, then cut out the letters and spell out each teacher's name. Decorate a bulletin board with the names crisscrossing at shared letters.

PTO Today has loads of ideas in their Teacher Appreciation file share section The clever ideas include personalized stickers for highlighters and a "prescription label" for M&Ms that cures what ails teachers.

However you choose to do it, please take a moment this week to thank a teacher in your life. Simple gestures mean so much.


Oooh, I think I could get those bookmarks made tonight! thanks for the good ideas! I am trying to write 2 letters of appreciation for 2 teachers with copies to the principal, one for read aloud and another for lots of reading time at school. Neither is well-appreciated or even thought of as a waste of time by the principal. If you have any articles or data offhand that I could add to my letters I would appreciate it! lbezzantatgmaildotcom. Thanks for your fun blog!Lindsay

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