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10 Ways to Make a Teacher's Day




I’ve been there! The long conference days, unplanned drills, sick students...each day is a surprise and we live for it.  We wouldn't have it any other way.   Teachers give day in and day out - all day every day.  Transferring the office world made me realize even more how little teachers get a break even though they have the most demanding job.   Want some ways to #thankateacher on special days or any day - they are with your child daily so even a little pick me up is ALWAYS welcome.

These are more idea for throughout the year.  We celebrate Teacher Appreciation week but they dedicate a whole year to your child.  Here's some ideas to get teacher they will LOVE!


1.  Target 

Target dollar spot items, the coveted Target Giftcard you name it - teachers love it all.  So many items they can use there!  You cannot go wrong.

2.  Cleaning Supplies

Especially for Christmas or flu season - we always seem to be out of Kleenex or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and so desperately need them.  To save asking again in a newsletter this is great to help stock up later in the year!  Hand Sanitizer too!

3. Caffeine + Treat  


@whattheteacherwants shared how she brought caffeine and a donut to power through conferences. LOVE this idea - what teacher would not appreciate that.  I would sink in my chair and dive right in.

4.  Positive Note

Write just a little note saying how much you've enjoyed a particular aspect of their classroom, teaching, relationship to child, etc... Even if its work to find one thing - it would go a long way for your relationship.  The positive relationship between parent and teacher is crucial why not encourage it.   Your child can help write or make a card too.  I have some great FREE ones for teachers to start you off!



5.  Dinner

If you have a good relationship or really like your teacher - imagine showing up after pick up line with dinner for his or her family.  Even takeout you picked up so they wouldn't have to cook that night!  I would *faint* if this happened...maybe then I would scarf up the food.  In my previous schools, we were pretty tiny so our community was close and we knew each other well so this was a likely possibility but honestly any teacher would appreciate it!

6.  Donate to classroom

Does your teacher have a Donor's Choose Project?  Do they have an Amazon wishlist?  Use them!  I started those one year and got tons of books that we so desperately needed in our classroom.  Parents didn't have to guess because they knew what we needed.  They liked helping out the classroom too so all the students could benefit.  Look in their newsletter, website, or ask!  I don't think any of us are shy if it will benefit our students!

7.  Office Supplies

 
Teachers go crazy for Post-its EXPO Markers, Flair! Pens, sharpies, Astrobrights Color Paper, Thermal Laminating Pouches, --- sorry for the name-dropping but this stuff is like SUPER cool in the teacher world.  We go crazy for it.  Click on the links to check out my absolute favs that any teacher would be dying to have!

8. Volunteer

What can you do to help --- redo a bulletin board, help cut out pieces for a game, organize library books?  We could always use help AS LONG AS YOU ASK AHEAD!  We might send work home for you or have you work in school and maybe not in the classroom with your child but do know we appreciate your time to help things run smoothly.  *Bonus* if you make this a weekly or monthly task!

9.  Treats

Baked goods/ chocolate (or treat of choice) are a guarantee of getting us to smile. A little bit goes a long way.  Usually getting into 2nd or 3rd grade your child knows what your teacher's favorites are, sometimes they post them in a intro letter so there is no guessing.  Use that info!

10. TPT Giftcards

Teachers spend countless hours and money on supplemental curriculum for their students.  Why not help them out and they get to choose - bonus --> the students always win!  They get awesome resources and the students learn *and* love the outcome!

Why I'm Kinda Lovin my DESK Job! - Words I Never thought I'd Say



To be honest, I'm kinda scared to write this post.  I feel like I will be disowned as a teacher somehow but if there is anything I've learned in the education field - teaching never leaves you! I want to be honest because teachers are who I connect with - they're my people.  Well... I won't be in the classroom this year.  I'm working at a desk job....SAY WHAT?! You're probably thinking that's crazy...I would agree.  I want to explain and how I got here and how it's totally changing my outlook.
This school year I was suppose to move into a new position - teaching technology (which I would have loved!) but between different requirements and the workload I knew I could't take it on with my little (read 2 small boys) family.  I looked at other positions and now work for our state department of education.  Its a whole different world, but still connected to education.  Let's get into some reasons this has totally changed my outlook:

1) INDEPENDENCE - I can take breaks - people!! I can have lunch with adults and not have to also watch my class.  I can take a bathroom break ANYTIME.  I don't have 20+ sets of eyes and minds needing attention 7 hours of the day.  I love that I can commit to self care.  That is so hard to do while teaching.  I walk up to my floor (5 flights of stairs) and can bike at my desk with my awesome deskcycle and even walk around town on breaks which doesn't look weird because lots of people do it.  I've even lost 15lbs!  Sure I walked around my room teaching but I not near the amount I get here or I'm just way more aware now.  I don't hardly have to take time away at home to exercise which is so crucial for family time.  The tradeoff of no long breaks or summer might be tough but not spending all the extra time planning, grading, cutting, laminating...I'll give it up for a bit.


2) ADULTS - I work with adults in education.  Yes I will miss the kids tremendously but I'm still so connected to education and collaborating with adults on this side is pretty rewarding.  State depts always seem to get a bad wrap but seeing this side - the legislation, the obstacles, the triumph and battles fought here that students on a statewide level is pretty neat.  I get valued for my skillset not more or less just differently than before.  Most are past educators so we're really all connected.  Teachers are still teachers at heart and they are just the most amazing people.  Adults aren't all that bad - we do still get to decorate and plan fun events like Oreo tastings - I love that its not a "boring" workplace (so far!)



3) CONSISTENCY - I have set hours! No morning/after school IEP or faculty meetings.  I don't make sub plans when I'm at home or need to leave early to grab a sick kid (less guilt!) Sometimes monotony can be underrated especially with my Type A personality the dependability really helps mentally.  I know my jobs and can manage the stress from them and deadlines  -- which is not always the case with surprise assemblies, fire drills, sick students...

Thanks for letting me share this side.  Stick around I still have plenty of ideas to share as my teacher brain doesn't have a shutoff button.  I know this was the right step for my family and I'm definitely not closing the door to teaching.



Teachers are amazing AMAZING passionate selfless people and when I think of reasons I like my job they seem so selfish.  There is nothing - not one thing - that could compare to a hug from a student, a smile from a student, a note from a student and I will those moments so much.  I felt I had to write this since it has come up so much lately in my new job and from other educators.  I had to write this for me, make it ok with myself because I wasn't giving up on teaching (more of a sidestep) and don't want to be a fraud of sorts.



Don't worry my new office still has my pen caddy (which makes other jealous!) and they even passed around a Scholastic Order today.  Stay tuned for some exciting events these next couple months!



#Hashtag Emoji Awards


I'm so excited to use these new awards this year in my classroom!  They will work for ANY grade level and the kids love them because of how "trendy" they are!



With over 30+ templates there is something for each student in your class!  It even comes with a end of year fill in sheet complete with : 

  • fill in story
  • emoji circle
  • School preference 
  • Hashtags for your school year
  • Timehop of favorite memory




I print the memory page on the back of all my awards so the students have their awards and memories together + it is a great fill in activity for the end of the year!



Click any of the pictures to check out more details about these #hashtag Emoji Awards










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