Showing Thanks for Teachers 👏

Ways for Parents, Teachers, and Kids to Celebrate

Teacher Appreciation week is May 8–12. Have you decided how you’ll celebrate? We’ll be posting teacher and student stories, voices, and perspectives all week long to honor educators, so watch out for those! In the meantime, check out some of our favorite ways to celebrate the week-long holiday:

For Parents

Parents, consider the role your child’s teacher plays in his or her life. Teachers put so much time, energy, effort, and even some of their own resources into your child’s education, inspiration, and empowerment. Now is the time to give back. There are so many ways to show the teachers in your life just how much you appreciate them, and you should definitely get creative in your expression! Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

Door Decor. This is a perfect option if you want to incorporate other parents and kids into your expression of thanks. When the teacher isn’t in the classroom, decorate their door in a fun, creative, and personalized way that will serve as a nice surprise the next morning. If you have the time, don’t stop there — carry the door theme into the classroom with some minimal, easy-to-clean-up decorations as well. Here are a few ideas from fellow parents on Pinterest. Click the image to find the original pinner:

School Supplies. Perhaps the best way to show appreciation for teachers is to give them something that they really need: school supplies! So often, teachers respond to limited budgets by spending their own money on supplies for the classroom. By gifting them the items they need, you’ll be acknowledging that you truly understand and appreciate how much they go above and beyond. Here are some fun examples of supply gifts, also from fellow parents on Pinterest:

Write a Letter. For all the dedication and work that they give to their schools and students, teachers hold one of the most thankless positions. So, for teacher appreciation week, maybe the best way to say thank you to your child’s teacher is simply to say it. You might know just how deeply this teacher has influenced your child, and you may think the teacher is aware, but imagine the gratitude the teacher will feel to hear that story articulated. Read this parent’s emotional letter to her son’s special education teacher:

For Kids

Okay parents — you probably know that depending on the age of your child, you might have to be involved in these projects. But as long as your child has a hand in the gift-making, and fully understands the purpose of the gift, that’s all that counts. Teachers became teachers because they love working with kids, and they think so highly of their students. They will love a heartfelt gift! It’s also a great opportunity for children to learn about giving and appreciating. Here are just a few of our favorite student-centered teacher appreciation gifts, also from crafty Pinterest parents:

For more teacher appreciation ideas, visit our Pinterest board, Parents Appreciate Teachers:

For Teachers

Now is the time to celebrate YOU! So, truly, you can do that in any way that you want — as long as you take some time for yourself (not your students, for once!) then you’re celebrating in just the right way. Maybe setting aside some time for your hobbies? A shopping trip? A long nap? Treat yourself! If you do decide to get some shopping done, check out this list of stores that offers a special teacher discount, or visit TeachThought for a longer list.


Stay tuned for more Teacher Appreciation Week celebration blogs!