Last December, as our country mourned the devastation at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I brainstormed ways that we, as a nation, could recognize the teachers that gave (and those that continue to give) so much every day.
This year, we’re celebrating the memories of the fallen and the dedication of our teachers on Monday, December 16, 2013, with the second annual Thank a Teacher Day.
How to Participate in Thank a Teacher Day
Thank your teacher
The easiest, and most effective way, is to say “thank you.” Write a note, send an email, make a phone call. Take five minutes out of your day to tell a teacher you appreciate them. You can also send gifts, or coordinate with your schools and other parents. (There are great examples linked up below.)
Use Social Media
If you’re on twitter, shout out a quick “thank you!” using the hashtag #ThankaTeacher. On Instagram? Post a picture of you and the teacher or the item/project you created for your teachers with the hashtag #ThankATeacher
Remind your PTO and school (free printables!)
Send your PTO and Principal a link to this post or to last year’s posts to let them know that Thank a Teacher day is Monday, December 16 and ask them how your community and school can be involved. A quick, easy PTO idea is to create a paper-chain of thank yous–send home strips of paper that say “Thank you __________ for ______________________________________” and ask the students to fill in the links by Friday. Then, have the room parents create chains to hang in the halls on Monday morning. Along the same lines, kids can print, copy and cut these thank you stars, hand them in, and parents and students can create posters for each teacher or bulletin boards.
For free printables of either the chain links or the stars, click the images. Then copy on colorful paper and ask the students to complete and, illustrate, decorate or color.
Share this post
Share it with your friends and followers on Facebook, Pinterest and other forms of Social Media to spread the word.
Blog about it
Are you a blogger? Write a thank you note or share what you’ll be doing with your readers, to remind them to be involved.
Why do we celebrate Thank a Teacher Day?
I wish we’d remember to thank teachers for their endless dedication every day, but in the hustle and bustle of assignments, tests, projects and forgotten lunches, we forget. Sure, there’s a reminder in May during Teacher Appreciation Week, but let’s remember the teachers that gave their lives to protect their students last year and honor their memories by thanking the teachers we know would all do it again.
Thank a Teacher Day: ideas to inspire your thanks
Here are some examples of Thank a Teacher appreciation last year:
Super Jenn lead her school to create 478 Hearts to Thank a Teacher: one for every student in their school and decorated the teacher’s lounge door. She also made muffins and coffee for the teachers. A year later, her post still makes me tear up.
A Life of Public Service at All.Things.Fadra: Fadra shared her appreciation for those who give of themselves every day in a post on her blog.
At Tech Savvy Mama, Leticia shared her ideas, reflected on her teaching moments, and shared a beautiful, simple idea that will help teachers feel thanks for years to come.
At Go! Mom, Molly expressed her appreciation and how to incorporate thanks each and every day.
Dresden shared her feelings that Monday, and brought the teachers donuts that morning.
And Hilary offered up a simple “thank you.”
Hundreds of people celebrated Thank a Teacher day, from Australia to California last year. I was even able to share it with George Takei’s facebook audience. (Oh my goodness, that was exciting!) All you need to do is express your thanks. How will you say “thank you” this year?
Please join me on Monday, December 16, 2013 to take a moment to thank a teacher.
Take some time over the next week to share your thanks in a card, email, or by sending in something thoughtful, be it flowers, a snack, a craft or a group project. Ask fellow parents to join you in saying thanks to the dedicated staff at your school.
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