By Gerry Corcoran
Rio Salado College Student Education Organization Coordinator
Looking for ways to show your favorite teacher just how much they mean to you?
Here are a few creative ways both administrators and students can celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week:
- Create a “secret teacher” that students can adopt for the week (or semester or year). Each week place a note of appreciation in their box with a candy bar or Starbucks card. Reveal the students to the teachers at a special teachers’ meeting after school at the end of the week.
- Provide a Teacher Appreciation Breakfast or Teacher Appreciation Luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week and have a few former student graduates speak about their favorite teachers.
- Have a giant butcher paper in the administrative office for students to write a special note of thanks to their favorite teachers.
- Have students submit teacher names with a short paragraph to nominate for Teacher of the Week at your school.
More About Gerry:
Gerry’s experience includes 17 years as a teacher and coach; 13 years as a school administrator evaluating and supervising teachers, developing programs and organizing staff development; and four years as a school district career and technical education (CTE) director overseeing programs. He has developed mentorship programs for high schools across the country and written curriculum for life skills enhancement for elementary and high school students. He was hired in 2005 by the Arizona Department of Education to develop a student organization for education professions and early childhood professions programs; thus, the Arizona Future Educators Association was formed. His vision was to create an organization where students, teachers and administrators could receive resources, personal leadership training and preparation to successfully implement programs and provide the best practices for preparing quality teachers for the future and organizing effective events and conferences to enhance student experiences in educational leadership development.
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