PMP:011 Tips for Showing Appreciation for Teachers

Because one good deed is worth more than a thousand good intentions, you can never overestimate the power of showing others they are appreciated.
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In episode 11, learn seven simple ways to show appreciation to teachers, build confidence in your team members, and encourage high expectations school wide.
Check out the companion blog post to this episode HERE.

Here are show-notes for PMP Episode 11:

1. Send “Kudos” emails
This is a great way to make walk-throughs a way to brag on your staff with the awesome learning you’ve seen throughout your building. This helps other teachers be aware of the good things happening around them. This a thank you and a motivation
2. Create a video-montage
Use your iPhone or iPad and create a quick collage of teachers in action. Use MovieMaker or a video App to put together a visual with music to brag on teachers.
3. Hand-written notes or cards
Any time I have left a teacher a written thank-you, he or she has followed up with appreciation. People love handwritten gestures.
4. Faculty and Teacher appreciation awards
Choose a teacher or group of teachers to celebrate every faculty meeting so others know what great teachers they are. If you have a good sense of humor, you can also award some fun awards for the funnier happenings among your staff.
5. Publicize
Highlight great things teachers are doing via newsletters or social media. Introduce new teachers, brag on teacher projects, share best-practices…publicizing great happenings makes others aware of the good things happening in your school and celebrates teachers and student learning.
6. Face-to-face
I’m not sure there is anything as powerful as looking someone in the eye and telling them how valuable they are to your school.
7. Food, food, food
When possible give your teachers treats, meals and goodies for special occasions, meetings, or conferences. It saves them time for having to come in early or stay late, and it helps people have something to celebrate.


These are short but easy ways to consistently recognize teachers and staff in your building. Each year that we come to teacher appreciation, we need to let our teachers know we are grateful for them, but let’s do this all year!

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