Even though Teacher Appreciation Week ended last Friday, the Stride Professional Development Center still wants to keep a focus on the amazing work teachers do every day during the year. We will share a few ideas how to do that and offer a reminder about FREE professional development deals that still exist.
Yes, Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW) is special each year; however, we want to ensure that everyone celebrates teachers every day. We cannot confine appreciation to just one week, and that is a challenge that everyone faces. Ask yourself one question each week – how can I, right now, show a teacher how much their hard work means to me? Once you have answered that question, then make it happen!
One easy way is to participate in Stride’s #bekind365 initiative. The first element of that campaign is Thank a Teacher. A specific website has been created where you can create and send a special “thank you” message for any teacher. If you want to leverage that website all year long, click this link and follow the easy steps outlined there: https://thankmyteacher.k12.com.
Instead of relying on a technological tool like the one mentioned above, here are a few more ideas for parents, students, teachers, and school leaders to use throughout the year:
- Pick one teacher a month and do something special for them.
- Write a handwritten note and send to the school.
- Provide a gift card “just because.”
- Volunteer during lunch so the teacher can have a duty free lunch.
- Buy that teacher a lunch or coffee.
- Donate, in their name, to their favorite charity.
- Say thank you often.
- Write a handwritten note and leave on their desk. Teachers hold on to these for years.
- Give them the gift of a smile to brighten their day.
- Take a picture with them and tell them why you want to remember them.
- After leaving the school, go back and visit to let that teacher know how much they mean.
- Invite them to attend your high school graduation party.
- Tell them how they have helped you as a teacher.
- Share your teaching strategies to help others.
- Go back and visit a teacher that meant so much to you when you were in school.
- Write down the positive things you see a teacher do every time they do so and then give it to them during Teacher Appreciation Week.
- Create a school culture that fosters celebration of teachers and their work.
- Have a positive “Post it” note always with you and immediately give it to the teacher when you see something amazing. Maybe grab your phone and do a quick social media post on it.
- Design a way that students can share positive things about teachers (e.g., give them paper apples so that they can share an “apple for the teacher”).
- Give them control over their own learning with FREE professional development (see below).
FREE Learning!! Where?
The Stride Professional Development Center still has two promotions offering free resources to teachers.
- NEW teachers: Start & Stay Strong. Research shows that nearly half of teachers that leave the profession do so in their first five years. To help, we are offering any new teacher a full year of FREE professional development. If you have other classmates that just graduated as well, then share this offer as well.
- ANY teacher: Get One and Give One. Because we know the value that teachers bring, we want to add value to them. Any teacher can claim 6 months of FREE professional development with a special code. You can download the gift card and share it with a friend.
Want to take advantage of one or both of them? Reach out and we’ll tell you how!