While past weeks have been challenging (to say the least!), one bright spot has been the newfound appreciation and respect that teachers have begun to receive. As schools across the country have closed and students are now learning from home, parents have come to realize just how very hard teachers work!
Practically overnight teachers have had to reinvent the way they teach! They have jumped right into distance learning and are making it work! That is NO SMALL TASK!!
So while teachers and students may not be in the school building for this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, it seems more important than ever that we find ways to ensure they are celebrated and thanked for all they do!
Studies have shown that recognizing teachers for the impactful work they do actually helps make them better teachers! Additionally, teachers who are regularly recognized for their work intend to continue teaching twice as long as those who are not!
It doesn’t take much to say thanks to a teacher in a meaningful way. I don’t know a single teacher who doesn’t absolutely love receiving a handwritten note or card that thoughtfully expresses thanks for all they do.
But if this year you are looking to do a little something more for the teacher in your life, I’m excited to share a list of most loved, useful and thoughtful gifts that any teacher would love to receive!
So whether you’re a teacher looking to add items to your wishlist, a parent looking to thank your child’s teacher for all they’ve done, or the friend or family member of a superstar teacher, this list is for you!
Let’s take a look at what I’ve found….
Teachers spend so much time prepping materials! They love things that help them save them time and work more efficiently. This Swingline Paper Trimmer does just exactly that! It’s light and compact, and cuts up to 10 pages of paper at a time!
This beaded lanyard makes a unique, affordable, and ever so useful gift! Teachers will be thrilled to finally a convenient AND attractive way to keep track of their keys and ID badges!
Having access to hot coffee or cold water during the school day is a luxury for a teacher! This insulated cup will keep their beverage hot or cold for hours! I love that it comes with both a flip lid perfect for hot coffee, as well as a straw for sipping cold water or iced coffee. With so many fun colors to choose from, you’re sure to find one just right for your teacher!
While this may not sound super exciting, trust me on this one….EVERY teacher needs more post-it notes. We use them for EVERYTHING! It’s a simple gift that will definitely be appreciated!!
Think kids are the only ones who love the Mr. Sketch Scented Markers you remember from your childhood?? Nope! Teachers love them, too! They write well and the bold colors help make anchor charts more visually appealing. And yes, we also love the scent! 🙂
Another thing we can’t get enough of is Astrobrights paper! This paper comes in eye-catching, bright colors that are perfect for bulletin boards, labels, printables, crafts and more! I can assure you your teacher needs more of it!
Finally, this laminator is a gift that is sure to bring any teacher much joy!! It laminates quickly, doesn’t jam and allows them to preserve items for years to come! The portable size allows teachers to laminate from the comfort of their own home or classroom! What a gift!!
So while I hope the items I’ve shared today might inspire you to show your appreciation in a new way, please remember a thank you does not require a grand gesture. The most important thing is that it is just simply expressed!
If you’re a teacher reading this let me say, THANK YOU for all you do! This is an incredibly challenging time and I hope you feel appreciated! And to those of you who are here looking for new ways to say thanks to a teacher, THANK YOU! The effort you put forth to show your appreciation does make a difference!
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