Give Gratitude! 11 Wonderful Ways to Thank a Teacher for Being GREAT

Photo by David Hume Kennerly
Photo by David Hume Kennerly

It feels (almost) as good to give gratitude as it does to receive it—and in our opinion, few people deserve heaps of praise like your child’s teachers. Since they have the power to open the world to your children every day, we hope you’ll show your child’s teachers how grateful you are for everything they do. At a loss for words? No worries: Here are 11 ways you can reach out and say THANK YOU for the hard work and love they bring to the classroom every single day.

1. Ask how you can help.

An offer to volunteer is music to your teacher’s ears. Plus, helping out in the classroom even a couple hours a month will build connections to your child’s world—and the teachers who nurture and love him every day.

Photo by David Hume Kennerly
Photo by David Hume Kennerly

2. Give a teacher a hand-drawn picture.

You know the way your heart melts when your kid draws something just for you? Suggest that he draw a picture for his teacher—and her heart will melt, too!

3. Tell your teachers how sweet they are…with sweets.

Find out what your teacher really loves to eat—and treat her out of the blue. (Now that’s a sweet way to say thanks!)

4. Give her something cool for her class.

Cute memo pads, well-made organizers, a super-special pen: Support your favorite teacher with classroom materials that make her feel like the incredible professional educator she is! 

Photo by David Hume Kennerly
Photo by David Hume Kennerly

5. Keep your teacher’s energy bolstered with a coffee gift card.

It takes a lot of energy to be a teacher. Tell him how much you appreciate the extra effort with a gift card from the local coffee shop.

6. Tell your teacher what your child loves about school.

What makes your child love school? Teachers love to hear what gets their kids excited about learning. (After all, that means they’re having a real impact on children’s lives!)

Photo by David Hume Kennerly
Photo by David Hume Kennerly

7. When your child learns something new, thank her teacher for it.

Did your daughter write her name for the first time, or learn to skip count by twos? Tell her teacher you’ve noticed how much your child is learning—and how excited and proud she is to reach these new learning milestones.  

8. Teach your kids to say “thank you” at the end of each school day.

After a long day of standing on their feet (or crouching on the floor for a session with the building blocks), teachers love it when their charges offer up a simple “thank you” on the way home. This small gesture can keep them going!

Photo by David Hume Kennerly
Photo by David Hume Kennerly

9. Recognize the passion they bring to your kids’ lives.

Teachers don’t teach for the money or the fame—many do it because they love a specific subject, or they feel best when helping others. Pen a sweet note that thanks them for whatever they’re passionate about, whether it’s making a cool art corner or teaching kids about nature.

10. Take note of your teacher’s big heart.

Teaching is so much more than circle time and recess: It’s a profession filled with heart. Give your child’s teacher a note that lets her know how much you appreciate her kindness, compassion, warmth, and patience—and especially those moments when she goes above and beyond the scope of her job.

11. Be a blast from the past.

We all have a special teacher who opened up the world of reading, illuminated a particularly fascinating science experiment, or guided us down the path of life to help us get to where we are today. Now that you’re all grown up, send your best teachers a quick note or Facebook message to let them know they really did make a difference in a child’s life—yours!
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