Thank You, Teachers! May 03, 2015 21:40

We appreciate teachers!

Here's a heart-felt thank-you letter to teachers from a student, Lexi Herrick:

"This letter is for the teachers who touch lives with each passing day, and help to build the foundation for some of the world's most astounding and incredible adults. Teachers, I'm sure there are days that cause you to question if any of your work is making a difference to your seemingly unappreciative students. I want to assure you in this letter of your vast power of influence. I can remember things that teachers have said to me dating back to when I was six years old. I know I am not alone in that regard either. Every thing you say and do affects your students, and that makes your job one of the most important jobs in the world."

Read more from Lexi on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lexi-herrick/an-honest-thankyou-letter_b_6025466.html

A big shout-out to teachers everywhere. This week marks Teacher Appreciation week. Here are a few ways to help your students begin to express appreciation and thanks to those teachers who are impacting their lives.

Create a Colorful Card

Give each student a piece of colored paper to fold into halves or quarters and decorate with markers, stickers, sequins, buttons or whatever art materials you have on hand. Layer colored paper in graduated sizes with the words "Thank You" or "You're the Greatest!" on the top layer. Use mounting tape to attach the greeting to the card cover or inside, giving it a 3-D effect. 

Make a Pop-Up Sign

Provide an empty bathroom tissue roll or half a paper towel roll along with colored card stock, a drinking straw, markers and glue or tape for each student. Show the students how to cut the card stock into a small sign so it fits inside the cardboard roll. Write a greeting or affirmTeacher Appreciation Certificateation ("Best Teacher" or "Top Teacher" on the sign and tape it to one end of the drinking straw. Cover the cardboard tube with colored paper. Then add notes of appreciation or decorate it with various art materials. Place the drinking straw in the cardboard tube so the words don't show. Then push the straw up or down to view the words. 

Decorate a Certificate

Give each student a colorful piece of card stock or paper. Print a few sample certificates and then let the creative juices flow. Make sure the student signs the certificate so the teacher knows who it's from. Arrange a time to address envelopes  and mail the certificates or let the students hold a presentation ceremony in your classroom.

Bring a Bouquet

 

tissue paper bouquet

 Provide colorful tissue paper and chenille wires (pipe cleaners) for each student along with a paper cup and scissors. Punch a few holes in the bottom of the cup.

Cut the tissue paper sheets in half so they are more square than rectangular. Show the students how to fan-fold the tissue paper and then tie one end of the chenille wire around the middle of the fan for a stem.

Help the students gently pull apart the ends of the tissue paper to form the flower. Have them wrap the flowers in one large sheet of tissue paper, creating a bouquet of 3-5 flowers.

Use markers to write a word of thanks on a small piece of paper. Tuck it into the bouquet.

Send a Candy-Gram

If you're feeling a bit more creative, let your students tape a candy bar to the front of a card and add an appropriate phrase such as:

You are the [$10,000] Teacher - thanks! ($10,000 Bar)
I would climb the [Andes] for you! (Andes Mint)
You've been a [Lifesaver] for me this year! (roll of Lifesaver Candy) 

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