5 easy & thoughtful ideas for teacher appreciation week

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6! Here are a few ways you can say thank you to your colleagues or show your own kids’ teachers that you appreciate them. Please note that Pamper My Teacher is a supporter of The Cornerstone and the link to that site is sponsored.

1. Flowers and plants are a great addition to any classroom or teachers’ desk. This blog post shares how to make cute personalized plant pots for teachers.


2. Gift cards with personalized tags are always appreciated. The free printable gift card tag shown below is the perfect addition to a gift card to the iTunes app store. Or check out this big collection of free printable gift card tags for teacher appreciation.

Printable gift card tag for teachers

3. Use the free web tool Pamper My Teacher to express appreciation through words and creative gifts. The site has electronic questionnaires (with access to specifically selected gifts that coincide with teacher responses on the questionnaires), advertising posters, DIY ideas, charitable giving opportunities, group gift ideas, and more.

pamper my teacher

4. Get students involved in teacher appreciation activities to show some love to other faculty members.  Teachers in your school who see a variety of classes (media specialists, special education pull-out teachers, teachers of music, art, P.E., etc.) often feel left out during teacher appreciation week as students only bring in gifts and cards for their general education teachers. Why not have your students choose another teacher in the school that has made a difference for them and send over a token of appreciation? I love the free printable shown below, which also includes a teacher acrostic poem kids can create. Or, check out this free teacher appreciation packet for grades K-4.

I love my teacher appreciation activity

5. Deliver a cup of coffee to a co-worker that inspires and supports you. How cute are the free printable coffee lid labels below? If you’re feeling extra crafty, the post also includes a tutorial on making a crochet coffee cozy.

Thanks a latte teacher appreciation

While I was looking for these ideas, I also came across two other resources that might come in handy if your students bring you gifts: these free thank you cards and these free thank you notes are a wonderful way to acknowledge students’ presents.

 You can find even more teacher appreciation ideas on this Pinterest board. Please share your favorite ideas, websites, or resources for teacher appreciation in the comments!

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Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, 4 books, 3 online courses, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Subscribe via email to get her best content sent to your inbox!

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