Parents, I asked the question you all want to know: What do teachers really want for Teacher Appreciation week? The answers don’t surprise me! I know all these teachers personally and they are fantastic, compassionate, selfless individuals. Thank you to all my teacher friends who helped write this post! I owe you one.
“I am a huge fan of the gift cards. A $5 gift card comes in handy so much more than a $10 or $20 gift that I won’t really use. Of course, I also love all the chocolate my kids bring me and their personal letter…which now come through in Google Docs instead of paper! We also have a fabulous PTSA that really does great things for our teachers including a barista coffee day.” -Middle school teacher
“I want them to all finish an independent reading book that really challenges them. And any inspirational letters (that I can hang on to for many years) that make me feel like everyday is worth it.” -Middle school teacher
“To be honest , I don’t really want anything. I do appreciate the simple things-especially hand written letters thanking me. Oh and let me not forget, the illustrations that go along with the letters. I love to see how my students draw me! Hilarious!” -Elementary school teacher
“I REALLY want to be able to teach my students the skills they will need in life, not just on a test. I REALLY want my students to look forward to school each and every morning like I use to when I was a kid. I REALLY want the spirit of teachers to be uplifted and feel positive about what we are all doing each and every day.” -Middle school teacher
“I would love for my students to take more of a lead role in planning for their lives after high school. I would love for them to care more than I do about them. I want them to stand up for what they believe in and in doing that have the courage and determination to make things happen!” -High School Counselor
“A flower is always nice. A candy. Almost anything can make me smile! It is sweet when students show they thought of you.” -Middle school teacher
“What I really want from my students is perseverance. I want them to continue working even when the work is difficult. And if they leave my class liking science a little more than when they entered, I’m happy.” -High school teacher