Raise your hand if you have Spring Fever! The weather’s getting warmer and summer is just on the horizon – but that doesn’t mean you can slack off in school or stop practicing in between lessons. Your teacher is still working hard, and so should you!
This week – May 5th through May 9th – is National Teacher Appreciation Week (with National Teacher Day falling on Tuesday, May 6th), so it’s the perfect time to thank your (or your child’s) teacher for all they’ve done! Whether you or your child are working with a private instructor or have a teacher at school in mind, there are several ways to show your appreciation. Here are some ideas:
1) Get crafty.
A homemade gift is always a great idea, and you can find tons of craft ideas out there – think artwork, painted flowerpots or mugs, decorated clipboards, gift baskets full of items you’ve hand-picked, a candy “bouquet”… the list goes on and on! Check out our “We Love Teachers” board on Pinterest for more ideas, or simply run a search online for teacher appreciation gifts, crafts, or printables.
2) Write a simple thank you note.
Don’t have time to get crafty? No worries. Nothing beats a handwritten note to tell your teacher how they’ve impacted your life. Grab a pen and paper, and pour your heart out. Want to get a little creative? Try incorporating different styles of writing, such as a poem or haiku. (We’re also huge fans of anything that incorporates a clever teacher pun…)
3) Share your positive feedback!
Private teachers often rely on word-of-mouth marketing to find new students – meaning, it’s up to you to pass on their name when friends or family members are looking for teachers in the area, too! Leaving your positive feedback on their professional website or social media sites can also influence potential students and help your teacher build their roster. When you’re writing your review, try to be as specific as possible: what do you love about your teacher? What has he or she helped you learn or overcome? What would you say to new students just starting lessons? (Note: If you’re a TakeLessons student, learn how to leave feedback for your teacher here!)
4) Donate time or money.
Another free or low-cost idea to celebrate your teacher is to volunteer or donate to a non-profit in your teacher’s name. Does their school classroom need tidying up? Is there a specific cause or organization that your teacher is passionate about that you can help out? You could also use the skills you’ve learned to volunteer at an event, and let your teacher know you’re doing so. For example, if you’re taking music lessons, you could offer to play music for patients at a local hospital or nursing home. (Check out some other ideas here!)
So don’t forget – set aside some time this week to show your thanks to a special teacher in your life! Have a cool idea? We want to hear what you created or what you did for your teacher this year – leave a comment below and let us know!
Photo by Rex Pe