Teacher Appreciation Week 2011

How can you express appreciation for a teacher who has educated and inspired your child? Here the National PTA offers ideas for parents, students, and schools to say a meaningful "Thank You."

When is Teacher Appreciation Week 2011?

Year Teacher Appreciation Week Teacher Appreciation Day
2009 May 4 - May 8 Tuesday, May 5
2010 May 3 - May 7 Tuesday, May 4
2011 May 2 - May 6 Tuesday, May 3
2012 May 7 - May 11 Tuesday, May 8
2013 May 6 - May 10 Tuesday, May 7
2014 May 5 - May 9 Tuesday, May 6
2015 May 4 - May 8 Tuesday, May 5

What's the History of Teacher Appreciation Week?

No one really knows when this set-aside week began. Some say it harks all the way back to World War II, while others note that Eleanor Roosevelt pushed for it in 1953. Ultimately, in 1985, the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first week in May. What really matters, though, is that the need to value our nation’s educators has a long history-and has a long way to go.

Why Should We Say" Thank You Teacher"?

  • Teacher provide the best wealth to us, they always help us grow up, they are the best builder in our heart, you are real engineer of the spirit of human being.
  • Teacher is not easy job. Teaching is possibly one of the most vocational jobs. It is simply impossibly to teach if you don’t like that activity, or if you don’t care for your students.
  • Teacher should to do more than others expectation. One of the most important responsibilities inherent in the title "teacher" is that of being a good role model for all students. How to be a role model as a teacher? All the teacher should to do more than others expectation and do it pains.
  • A teacher’s highest reward is feeling the true appreciation and gratitude of his or her current or former students. Because teacher appreciation is so seldom expressed, many teachers feel sad and frustrated about how few of their students actually like them.

How to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week?

Teacher appreciation week activities

  • Host a special breakfast or lunch for your school's teachers and staff. If space allows, invite parents, school board members, the district superintendent, district personnel, and prominent community leaders to join you at the event in showing appreciation for teachers.
  • Start a "teacher feature" on a school or library bulletin board. Each week or month, profile a different teacher. Include quotes by and about the teacher, as well as the teacher's picture, background, hobbies, and philosophy of education.
  • Let "Reading Week" to decorate the "Teacher Appreciation Week", encourage more student read about "Teacher" theme including teacher's history, teacher's job, teacher's life, teacher's family, teacher , family and society etc. Then they will know the significance of teacher appreciation week.
  • We try to support our teachers however we can: offering training events, making ourselves available to help as needed (with copying, or room set-up, or getting equipment set up, etc.) or to brainstorm ideas, praying for them, etc.
  • Plant trees or flowers in public areas or on school grounds in honor of teachers.
  • Organized Teacher Appreciation Party by all the class, let your teacher know your love and gratitude.

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Gifts from Students

  • Create a giant teacher thank-you card for display in the school community. Place markers by the card so community members can add their words of thanks.
  • Memory Book. Children love to be the author of their own books. You'll only be able to pull this off if you get the children alone, away from their Vacation Bible School teacher, for a short while. Pass out sheets of colorful paper and ask each child to write down her favorite memory of VBS. She can illustrate it, add a poem---whatever helps her best express her feelings about the week. After you have gathered the memory pages, punch holes along the sides and bind with rings or pieces of ribbon.
  • Bookmark. Homemade bookmark may be elegant thank you teacher gifts, this will be clean gift ideas and your teacher also need this.
  • Reader gifts (book lights, book marks, etc.). Most teachers are readers.
  • Ask teachers to fill out a survey regarding their favorite books, colors, flowers, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Use that knowledge when giving gifts. For example, present each teacher with his or her favorite book, signed by each of his or her students; give each teacher a small bouquet of his or her favorite flower.
  • Verse Ribbons. Ask each student what his favorite verse was, and if he's not old enough to do it himself, use a fine-tipped marker to write the verse on a piece of colorful ribbon. Be sure to add his name and the year to the bottom of the ribbon. Repeat this process with each child, tie the ribbons together at the top, spread out in a pretty box, and present them to the teacher. It's a nice way of reminding her that each child will take away something important from the week.
  • Hand-written thank-you poems (probably the most appreciated thing of all)(probably the most appreciated thing of all)
  • Make sure teachers hear the value of their work from the students themselves. Have students share thank-you messages with teachers past and present through notes, artwork, videos, stories, or other means.

Teacher Gifts from Kid's Parents

  • Give the teachers' lounge a makeover-buy new furniture, reupholster old furniture, or give the walls a new coat of paint.
  • Offer parents ideas for small tokens of appreciation, such as apples, bookmarks, homemade goodies or crafts, "World's Greatest Teacher" mugs, or coffee shop gift cards, to give to teachers at the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week or each day of the week.
  • They host a Teacher Luncheon that put on for the teachers at no cost to them. Our mother to prepare food (something easy, like sandwiches or wraps or soups or quiches) and decorate a room (or host at a home), then we invite the teachers to come and enjoy a meal together just for fun (no agenda).
  • Food: fruit baskets, gifts baskets with teas, coffees, nuts, cheese/crackers sets, popcorn tins, home-baked goodies, prepared ready-to-make mixes with recipes (hot cocoa mix, soup mix, cookie mixes, etc.) packaged in mason jars or zip-lock bags, etc.
  • Have parents drop by for a simple coffee reception for teachers.
  • Handmade gifts. Such as the cross-stitch, this is very popular and elegant teacher gifts to decorate their living room.
  • Help them with gardening. Our teacher cannot pay more attention to their gardening, spend a few time doing their gardening and teaching them gardening knowledge.

Teacher Gifts from School/Educational Organization

  • Ask local businesses to each adopt a teacher for the week and display students' drawings, cards, and stories about that teacher in a store window.
  • Offering training events, making ourselves available to help as needed (with copying, or room set-up, or getting equipment set up, etc.) or to brainstorm ideas, praying for them, etc.
  • Take out an ad in the local newspaper to thank the teachers in your school or district.
  • Present certificates of appreciation to all teachers, as well as to substitute teachers, aides, and other support staff.
  • Create an event page on Facebook to spread the word about your Teacher Appreciation Week activities. Join the Thank-A-Teacher Facebook group to share ideas and photos with communities across the country, and encourage your community to join this forum for expressing their gratitude to teachers.
  • Send out a press release thanking the teachers at your school, highlighting why teachers are so important to our children, and advertising your Teacher Appreciation Week activities.

Laurels and Awards

  • Teacher Appreciation Award . A big "Thank You" and round of applause for a job well done, the Crystal Book makes a unique teacher award plaque to express your heartfelt appreciation.
  • Teacher of the Year Award . The most frequently used teacher award program, "Teacher of the Year" awards honor best teachers for their dedication to teaching.
  • Teacher Appreciation Plaque . With the star on top and colored music notes dancing, the Teacher Appreciation Plaque is an excellent teacher award ideas for musicians and music teachers.
  • Teaching Excellence Award . Teaching Excellence Award recognizes and rewards best teachers. The star accents make it a perfect choice for "Teacher of the Year Award".
  • Teacher Achievement Award . Teacher Achievement Award highlights and celebrates outstanding achievements of an educator, a popular teacher award ideas for "Teacher of the Year" award.
  • Best Teacher Award. Best. Teacher Award recognizes and honors stars of the profession for going above and beyond the classroom making a difference in the student's lives.