10 Ways to Make a Teacher's Day

I’ve been there! The long conference days, unplanned drills, sick students...each day is a surprise and we live for it.  We wouldn't have it any other way.   Teachers give day in and day out - all day every day.  Transferring the office world made me realize even more how little teachers get a break even though they have the most demanding job.   Want some ways to #thankateacher on special days or any day - they are with your child daily so even a little pick me up is ALWAYS welcome.

These are more idea for throughout the year.  We celebrate Teacher Appreciation week but they dedicate a whole year to your child.  Here's some ideas to get teacher they will LOVE!

1.  Target 

Target dollar spot items, the coveted Target Giftcard you name it - teachers love it all.  So many items they can use there!  You cannot go wrong.

2.  Cleaning Supplies

Especially for Christmas or flu season - we always seem to be out of Kleenex or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and so desperately need them.  To save asking again in a newsletter this is great to help stock up later in the year!  Hand Sanitizer too!

3. Caffeine + Treat  

@whattheteacherwants shared how she brought caffeine and a donut to power through conferences. LOVE this idea - what teacher would not appreciate that.  I would sink in my chair and dive right in.

4.  Positive Note

Write just a little note saying how much you've enjoyed a particular aspect of their classroom, teaching, relationship to child, etc... Even if its work to find one thing - it would go a long way for your relationship.  The positive relationship between parent and teacher is crucial why not encourage it.   Your child can help write or make a card too.  I have some great FREE ones for teachers to start you off!

5.  Dinner

If you have a good relationship or really like your teacher - imagine showing up after pick up line with dinner for his or her family.  Even takeout you picked up so they wouldn't have to cook that night!  I would *faint* if this happened...maybe then I would scarf up the food.  In my previous schools, we were pretty tiny so our community was close and we knew each other well so this was a likely possibility but honestly any teacher would appreciate it!

6.  Donate to classroom

Does your teacher have a Donor's Choose Project?  Do they have an Amazon wishlist?  Use them!  I started those one year and got tons of books that we so desperately needed in our classroom.  Parents didn't have to guess because they knew what we needed.  They liked helping out the classroom too so all the students could benefit.  Look in their newsletter, website, or ask!  I don't think any of us are shy if it will benefit our students!

7.  Office Supplies

Teachers go crazy for Post-its EXPO Markers, Flair! Pens, sharpies, Astrobrights Color Paper, Thermal Laminating Pouches, --- sorry for the name-dropping but this stuff is like SUPER cool in the teacher world.  We go crazy for it.  Click on the links to check out my absolute favs that any teacher would be dying to have!

8. Volunteer

What can you do to help --- redo a bulletin board, help cut out pieces for a game, organize library books?  We could always use help AS LONG AS YOU ASK AHEAD!  We might send work home for you or have you work in school and maybe not in the classroom with your child but do know we appreciate your time to help things run smoothly.  *Bonus* if you make this a weekly or monthly task!

9.  Treats

Baked goods/ chocolate (or treat of choice) are a guarantee of getting us to smile. A little bit goes a long way.  Usually getting into 2nd or 3rd grade your child knows what your teacher's favorites are, sometimes they post them in a intro letter so there is no guessing.  Use that info!

10. TPT Giftcards

Teachers spend countless hours and money on supplemental curriculum for their students.  Why not help them out and they get to choose - bonus --> the students always win!  They get awesome resources and the students learn *and* love the outcome!

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