Have you appreciated a teacher this week?

My mother was a teacher. My father was a teacher. I know what's it's like growing up watching your parents give their extra time, money, and resources to everyone else's kids. So I know how hard teachers work to teach my own kids! I certainly do not take credit for Quinn getting a medal from Duke University for scoring a 26 on the ACT at age 12. I know that there were years worth of fabulous teachers deeply dedicated to and involved with his success.

It's National Teacher Appreciation Week, and what can we do to appreciate our teachers? (Besides the very-important big fat chocolate bar and pound of fancy coffee we sent to school this morning) Here are some easy tips from Amy Spangler, Director of Learning and Development at Knowledge Universe-US.

1. The simplest thing to do is to have a conversation with teachers – parents don’t often take the time to do so, but it’s an easy way to show you care about and appreciate them. Ask what they need, what would make their day better, or even just ask, “How was YOUR day?”

2. Create a handwritten note or thank you card.

3. Share a small token of gratitude, such as baked goods or flowers.

4. Have your child create a drawing or piece of artwork and present it to their teacher.

5. If you have a collection of photos of your children with their teachers, work with your kids to create a photo collage or scrapbook.

6. Make a canvas tote bag for the teacher with your child’s handprint on it.

7. Consider coordinating a parent-teacher event like an ice cream social, where parents and children do an art project together or make thank you cards. This provides a casual opportunity for parents to interact with their children, other parents and teachers.

8. Fund a class or school project, such as planting a garden at the school, or hosting a child’s art auction or bake sale with the money going toward a piece of equipment that all students can use, or toward a charity.

What do you all plan to do, or have done, this week to show appreciation to your kids' teachers? Would love to hear about it in a comment!

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