Student to Teacher:
Use the back of a big or important assignment from this teacher’s class that you feel proud of (and don’t need for class anymore). Write a thoughtful thank you note on the back of it. There is NOTHING BETTER than a specific, authentic note explaining the impact and connection this teacher has with you. Some things you could include:
- My favorite moment in this class…
- What helped me learn from you was…
- This assignment taught me so much about...
- You connected with me when…
- I’ve changed for the better because…
- Not only did you teach me _____, but you also taught me…
Parent to Teacher:
Ask your child about some of their favorite teachers this year and write down a few specific things that stand out from their answers. Write a quick email to the principal first of all thanking them for their work and then specifically sharing the positive feedback you learned from your child about their teacher(s). EVERYONE loves a good news being sent to their boss! Here are some questions you can ask your kid:
- What is one thing that your teacher does well to help you learn?
- How has your teacher built a good relationship with you?
- What do you appreciate about your teacher and why?
- What makes this teacher different than others to you?
- In what way has this teacher helped you grow?
Administrator to Teacher:
Option 1: Send out a survey asking teachers what their favorite pen is. Every teacher has a favorite pen brand or type. Hook every teacher up with one or a handful of their favorite pens to show your appreciation.
Option 1.5: Take time this week to drop by each classroom, even for just a minute, and take note of what the teacher in the room is doing well. Send a short email to the individual teachers in your building saying, “I dropped by your class and I was reminded that you are really skilled at ______. I appreciate you.”
Student Leaders to Teacher:
Set up a free car wash this Friday for teachers! If you want to get extra intentional, ask teachers their favorite song, set up some speakers, and play their tunes while you scrub up their vehicle! Bring a lawn chair or two and some cold sodas and waters so they can relax while you shine up their ride!
CharacterStrong to Teachers:
Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page for the rest of the week. Over the next few days, we are going to be putting up coffee gift cards to show our appreciation for you!
To all you teachers out there: we fundamentally believe that the pathway to a better future in this world is through Education. You are changing the world every day by teaching the next generation to not only be competent, but compassionate as well. We are deeply grateful for your work in the trenches daily to shape young people into passionate, kind citizens. May you feel appreciated not only this week, but every day that you show up and do your purposeful work to serve kids!
Houston Kraft is the co-founder of CharacterStrong. He is a professional speaker and kindness advocate who has spoken at over 600 events internationally. Student Body President in High School, Class President at Bowdoin College, Leadership Camp Staff for 14 years in Washington - he is a lifelong learner of character, culture, kindness, and leadership. He was featured in 2019 on BBQ Lays Potato Chips and his mom's lasting life lesson is "Hug like you mean it."