Superhero Teacher Should Have
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! To celebrate this momentous occasion (which should come standard with a school holiday, don’t you think?), I’m collaborating with a few of my sweet teacher-blogger friends to shower well-deserving teachers with some appreciation.
When I was trying to think of a teacher who inspired me, I really couldn’t narrow it down. Every time I thought I had “the one,” this little voice in my head would pipe up with, “But what about Mrs. Ihrig?” or “Don’t forget Dr. Clift!” or “There’s also _____ (insert 50+ names here)!”
The truth is, I have many fond memories of the teachers I had all through K-12. They’re some of the reasons I wanted to be a teacher myself. I’ve also had some crazy-good college professors. Every single day I’m surrounded by the innovators down the hall, the positive forces across the building, and the folks down the stairs who pull out all the stops to make learning exciting and effective. FYI: the teachers featured in these photos are my real-life #teachersquad. I am not even remotely worthy to teach with these amazing people, y’all, but every day I thank my lucky stars for their friendship, wisdom, and support.
Then there are the legions of gifted teachers I follow on Instagram (#teachersofinstagram) and Pinterest who continually motivate me with their creative ideas, amazing classrooms, and limitless optimism. So, teachers, I’m dedicating my Teacher Appreciation post to ALL of you!
My Gifts for You
I wish I could get every single one of you a little something to express my admiration and gratitude for you, but you know, #teachersalary. However, I’ve got a list of 10 gifts that I’m willing you. May these gifts pick you up when you’re down, carry you when you’re tired, and give you a virtual high five after a good day.
Free + Low-Cost Teacher Gifts
Want to show your appreciation for the rockstar teachers in your life? Here are some ideas for every budget. Looking for even more ideas? Here’s another post I’ve done on teacher gift ideas.
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FREE Teacher Appreciation Gifts
- Pick some flowers from your yard to make a bouquet. (Note: make sure they’re from YOUR yard.)
- Write a note or send an email letting the teacher know you appreciate their efforts.
- Offer to volunteer your time to help clean up and organize the classroom at the end of the school year.
- Offer to come in and sub for the teacher to give her a day off. (Just kidding, unless you’d be willing to do that.)
LOW-COST Teacher Appreciation Gifts
- Send in some pencils. By spring, the teacher has probably already bought 9,032 pencils with her own money. And they’re probably all gone.
- Send in some candy, cookies, fruit, or other snack.
- Offer to donate new or gently used books to the teacher’s classroom library.
- Give a gift card (Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Starbucks are perennial favorites)
Other Gift Ideas
- Gift a personal styling service like Stitch Fix or Millie & Main.
- Gift a meal planning service like eMeals.
- Give a gift certificate for a home service like cleaning or yardwork (Amazon provides these services in some areas)
- Buy the teacher a new car. (Again, kidding. But if you really want to, you know where to find me.)
Time to Get Hopping
Now comes the fun part: hop around to these fabulous teacher-bloggers’ Teacher Appreciation posts. You’re in luck, because the talented ladies you’re about to visit are some pretty inspiring, amazing teachers. Click below to meet my friends Katie (@ThriftyWifeHappyLife), Jules (@TeacherFashionista), Jen (@Teacherista_), and Aisha (@Classroom.Couture). Enjoy!