Teacher Appreciation During Social Distancing
Teacher Appreciation During Social Distancing
The first full week of May is designated Teacher Appreciation across the country. It's a lovely time of the year to say 'thank you!' to our beloved teachers.
Spring of 2020 is proving to be a challenging time to share that gratitude in person, but I'm sharing a few fun ways to celebrate teacher appreciation during social distancing.
E-Cards to Send the Right Message
I have been sending e-cards since the dawn of Blue Mountain E-Cards back in the day!
Before Hallmark and American Greetings had online properties, there was Blue Mountain E-Cards to send these 'cool, new' virtual greetings.
With electronic greeting cards ubiquity, it's no longer novel, but e-cards are a welcome treat!
I researched Teacher Appreciation e-cards and did not find much to shout about, but I did find a few options to send our digital thanks.
Teacher Appreciation E-Cards
Hallmark | Leave it to Hallmark to be the gold standard for ecards for occasions other than the main ones in the calendar year. I love that they have a Teacher Appreciation section!
Paperless Post | I usually consider Paperless Post an invitation site, but thankful they have a lovely selection of thank you cards to send to beloved teachers of every kind.
Don't forget to send coaches, faith leaders, Scout Troop leaders and other mentors a Teacher Appreciation card.
Just Wink from American Greetings | This fun property called Just Wink from American Greetings is fun and festive. A great option to use when sending thanks to teacher this May.
Interactive and Video Greetings for Teachers
When possible, a personalized video communicating gratitude for all the care and support a teacher gives all year is best.
There are some adorable and entertaining options to share with your teachers.
JibJab | My extended family has been sending JibJabs to each other for years and they never get old! Absolutely hilarious dance routines done by YOU!
JibJab costs $2 per month, but I personally think it's well worth the money as these make fun cards to send all month and year long.
Smilebox | This sweet and sentimental way to say thank you lets you share photos and sentiments all in one.
The free Smilebox site offers 21 Thank You templates to choose from. It also features fun music!
Zoom | By now, we've all logged on to Zoom to visit with family, sit in on a work call or joined a virtual happy hour.
The Zoom platform is a great way to gather friends to give thanks to your teachers.
Consider setting up a Zoom call to share thanks and everyone say something they love about your teacher.
Zoom accounts are free for up to 40 minutes.
Smart Phone Videos | Invite classmates to share a video clip by email or text and collate into a video for teacher from all the kiddos.
If still photos are your preference, ask each classmate to send a digital photo of them holding up a sign of thanks to teacher.
Create a slideshow of each photo for a banner gift!
Care to Mingle?
Teacher Appreciation Puns for Fun
And if your parent association or other group can pull together gift baskets, here are some fun ideas to give.
Combine a cute teacher-loving pun with a gift card, classroom supplies or other creative gift.
Organize a pick-up time window during Teacher Appreciation Week to treat all the teachers!
Adorable list of punny phrases to treat your teacher.
“Just a note to say you’re special” custom note pads, purchased notepads or post it notes
“You are a ‘treasure’ “ tag with treasures candy
“You really measure up” tag with cool ruler, yardstick or measuring tape
You are ‘sum’ body special” tag with calculator or math game for the class
“You are the apple of our eye” with a basket of apples (Construction paper leaves with notes of appreciation are a nice touch)
“You are ‘tea’rrific!” tag with selection of teas
“You deserve a ‘break’ today!” Thank for all your hard work” tag with a Fast-Break candy or McDonalds gift card.
“You are one smart cookie” tag with homemade cookies
“Thanks for a ‘picture’ perfect year” tag with movie gift card or nice picture frame
“Thanks for making our school year bright” tag with package of highlighters
“Thanks for helping me grow” tag with flower seeds or a plant
“Your teaching is right on target” attached to a Target gift card
“You are o’fish’ally the best!” tag attached to Goldfish crackers
“Thanks for lighting the way” or “You light up our world” with a flashlight or nice candle
“We are your biggest ‘fan’!” with a cute desk fan, handheld fan or paper fan
“Thanks for ‘time’ you spent with me.” tag on a cute clock, fun watch or pretty appointment book
“We are fortunate to have you” tag with Chinese take out box filled with fortune cookies
“You have been the ‘bright’ spot in our year” tag with a package of highlighters
“You are a joy!” tag attached to an Almond Joy candy bar
“Thanks for giving me a hand” tag attached to work or garden gloves filled with candy
“You have been just ‘write’ this year!” package of nice pencils or pens in a case or container
“You rock!” tag with pop rocks, rock candy, rock star soft drink or painted rock for a paper weight
“You have been the ‘key’ to our child’s success!” tag attached to a key ring or pretty handmade key chain