Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! At our school, we get all the students involved to show the staff how much we really care about them. It’s a really simple, easy project that has a big impact.
Each student receives a blank template to complete. Classroom teachers can decide to do this in class or to send home for the students to complete on their own. The student chooses at least one staff member (teacher, aide, janitor, etc.) that they want to recognize. Using a combination of words and drawings, the student shares why they appreciate that adult.
Students are given the option of choosing more than one staff member, they just need to use one template per adult.
All the cards are collected and a folder for each teacher is created. I keep a checklist of all the staff members to ensure that each adult is properly recognized.
Oftentimes, the teachers who don’t see as many students, such as the speech teacher, don’t receive quite as many. I then recruit students to help fill those gaps.
At the end of the week, we place the filled folder in each teacher’s mailbox. It’s such a wonderful gift to receive each year. I love reading what is important to students and fuels my teaching, especially as the end of the year approaches.
And you better believe that I keep every.single.one! Want to start this project with your school? Click here to grab all the templates for free!