It is no secret that teachers provide an incredibly valuable service, often with little appreciation and sometimes even less pay. In many cases, teachers often invest what little they have back in their students and many students are all the better for it. While gift cards and other traditional teacher gifts are great, putting a little more effort into showing a teacher you appreciate how much they do can go a long way towards letting them know how truly valuable they are. A great teacher is worth their weight in gold, however, so expressing your appreciation often can help keep that teacher around longer to help benefit other students as well. If your child has a great teacher, here are 5 simple ways to show your appreciation to them.
1. Find out what their interests and passions are and give them a small token that caters to that passion
Some teachers are very open about their passions and interests and sometimes just a glance around their classroom will tell you everything you need to know about their deep love of calico cats or pink glitter and rhinestones. While you can certainly give that teacher one more calico cat or pink bedazzled trinket, it’s often their more secret passions that offer the most valuable gifting opportunities. Giving them a small gift or token that is reflective of a well-known passion is fine, but giving them a gift that shows you really did your homework is even better. In fact, if you can surreptitiously find out your child’s teacher’s favorite secret passion and give them a small, personal gift that caters to that passion, your child may become the teacher’s secret favorite for the rest of the year.
2. Work perks
Some of the best ways to show appreciation to a teacher may not even involve money. If you or someone you know happens to work somewhere that is a coveted place to visit, you can arrange a special visit for your child’s teacher and give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience instead of a gift. There is very little that you can do to show appreciation than getting them access to something very few people have access to.
3. Handmade gifts
Making something special for your child’s teacher is always a great way to show appreciation. Even something as simple as a handmade card or a handwritten note can be a great way to express your appreciation, but something more elaborate is even better. If you sew, knit, scrapbook, paint or even blow glass, there is no limit to the number of ways you can show your child’s teacher just how much you appreciate them.
4. Baked goods
In a commercially prepared world, crafts aren’t the only things that are better made by hand. Of course, with food you always have to be careful of allergies and tastes and preferences definitely come into play, but with a little careful sleuthing, you should be able to determine just the right baked good to give your child’s teacher to let them know just how much they mean to you and your children. Just make sure they don’t they don’t have to share with the class.
5. Stock the staffroom fridge
While your child’s teacher certainly plays the most valuable role in your child’s life at school, the truth is, there is a whole network of support staff also helping that teacher and your child. While you may not have the resources to stock the staff fridge all on your own, it might be worth it to network with some other parents to express appreciation to both the teachers and staff. Teachers often get very little in the way of breaks, so stocking up the fridge (and even the cupboards if you can) will go a long way towards letting the staff at your child’s school know that you appreciate just how hard they all work.
Showing a teacher how much you appreciate them is not all that hard and doesn’t even require a lot of money. Sometimes, the best way to show your appreciation is simply by showing how much thought and care went into finding just the right way to express your appreciation. Showing teachers how valuable they are may go a long way to ensuring that the next class of students goes right on getting the best education possible from the very best teachers.