At year end, you need fresh ways to thank your teacher! This list of teacher appreciation ideas includes thank you notes, teacher appreciation poems, and creative quotes that express gratitude for your teacher.
The Teacher “I Teach” Jumbo Tote for Teachers says, “I teach, so I inspire, manage, coach, engage, solve problems, detect, explore, believe, care, worry, and always make time to laugh with my kids.” This is a practical way to appreciate your teacher: make it easy for her to get her homework done.
I never realized how difficult it is to find the right teacher appreciation ideas until I taught grade 8 and high school for three years! The parents of the students I taught were lovely, but sometimes their thank you notes and teacher appreciate poems at the end of the school year didn’t express what they really wanted to say – or make me as a teacher feel appreciated. Hence this blog post; these ideas for thank you notes for teachers and appreciation poems will inspire and encourage you to show gratitude for the teacher in your life.
If you want to give your teacher a little gift to show your appreciation at the end of the school year, read 20 Gifts for Your Favorite Teacher. This post includes gifts for teachers, thank you notes for teachers, and teacher appreciation poems.
Teacher Appreciation Ideas for the End of the Year
Does your teacher like to play games with her friends and family? It’s a wonderful way for teachers to relax at year end, and enjoy the summer! Read 10 Classic Board Games for Adults.
This post is separated into three sections: teacher appreciation poems (which are good for elementary school students and parents), thank you notes for teachers (good for high school students and parents), and teacher appreciation quotes (ideas for both elementary and high school students and parents). I also included several gifts for teachers, in case you want to say thank you at year end with a gift that keeps on giving :-)
Teacher Appreciation Poems
This is more of a classroom blessing than a teacher appreciation poem, but I love it: “May the walls of your classroom know joy; may every hallway in your school hold laughter; may every page in your textbooks open to great possibility.”
Writing your own teacher appreciation poem is far more meaningful than finding one on the internet! That said, however, writing poetry isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It’s hard for most people. That’s why you’re searching for a teacher appreciation poem, right?
Acrostic poems for teachers – from your heart
Give your teacher the Willow Tree Love of Learning figurine (I love Willow Tree and have two figurines, even though I’m not a collector of stuff and I do not like clutter!), along with an acrostic poem you wrote yourself. What’s an acrostic poem, you ask?
Here’s an example of an acoustic poem for teachers…
T – rustworthy
E – ncouraging
A – lways supportive
C – reative
H – appy
Do you feel nervous or inadequate when you think about writing your own teacher appreciation poem? If so, you’re normal! But writing an acoustic as a teacher appreciation poem is really easy. Spell your teacher’s first and last name out in the thank you card, and write one (or more) positive word for every letter in her name.
Or, use free verse poetry to express your gratitude to your teacher. You know your teacher will love your poem simply because you wrote it — and it’s about her. I encourage you to avoid giving her the teacher appreciation poems you can easily find on the internet, because chances are she already knows of the poem or will receive it from another student. A personal poem that expresses your appreciation for your teacher is far more meaningful.
If you know your teacher has a dog or loves animals, read Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers – From Hummingbirds to Horses. Write an acoustic poem about about her favorite animal.
The most famous teacher appreciation poem
“One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money was in my bank account nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.” – Forest Witcraft.
This may not even even seem like a poem, but it’s free verse. Or you could call it a quote – but it’s a bit too long for that. But it doesn’t really matter what you call it! What matters is that you find the right teacher appreciation ideas that help you say thank you at the end of the year.
A Sterling Silver and Gold Diamond “Tree of Life” Pendant Necklace is a lovely way to thank your teacher at the end of the year. The tree of life pendant is significant because it represents the time your teacher spent on lesson planning, grading, and extracurricular activities. Your thank you note to your teacher could acknowledge how teaching is her life, and how her life has impacted yours.
I included this necklace in the “teacher appreciation poems” section because it might inspire you to write your own poetry. Use the tree of life as an analogy: what roots has your teacher instilled, what seeds has she planted, and what flowers are growing because of her?
Thank You Notes for Teachers
One of the biggest challenge for teachers is the amount of work they do – especially compared to the amount of money teachers get paid. I know teachers get the summers off, but most of them work 60 or more hours a week. Being in the classroom teaching is a small part of a teacher’s job. One of the most thoughtful of all teacher appreciation ideas are thank you notes that acknowledge a teacher’s passion and sacrifice.
A Thank You, Teacher – Amazon Gift Card would be my first choice for teacher appreciation ideas. As a teacher, I received lots of lovely gifts at the end of the school year. Most of those gifts sit on the shelf and gather dust, or end up going to the thrift store because they just weren’t my style or taste.
A gift card is a perfect accompaniment for the follow thank you notes for teachers…
Teacher, thank you for how much you care about me
I always know you cared about me! Though I may not have loved your class or your subject – though I may not have thought you were cool – I always felt your care for me. You made me feel good about myself, and I really appreciate you as a teacher. Thank you for caring enough to make me do my homework and check up on me! I even thank you for disciplining me, for it taught me to be a better student.
When you’re writing thank you notes for teachers, try to include a memory of a classroom experience. Make it personal. You’ll never find the perfect teacher appreciation ideas or thank you notes on the internet because what you really need to say is in you! Be honest with your teacher about your feelings and thoughts, and how her teaching affected your life. That’s the best thank you a teacher could get at the end of the year.
Teacher, thank you for dedicating your life to education
Many teachers are “lifers”, which means they’ll always work with students, schools, and education in some way. Their passion is teaching! So, the most meaningful thank you notes for teachers acknowledge their dedication to teaching students. Without teachers, we’d be lost – and that’s the type of thing you want to include in your teacher appreciation ideas.
Teacher, thank you for how you see me
This is one of the best quotes to write in your teacher’s thank you card: Thank you for how you saw me. You saw my potential, my possibilities, and my spirit. You saw the me I could be, and you encouraged me to keep trying no matter what. Your view of me changed my life, and I will never forget you.
Thank you gift for teachers who love food
Does your teacher like to grill or BBQ chicken, steak, or even veggies? The best teacher appreciation ideas are those that support delicious food habits.
The Zombie Cajun Hot Sauce Gourmet Gifts Basket Set includes four 6 oz bottles of Louisiana Top Seasonings Sauces: Garlic, Jalapeno, Habanero, and Cayenne Pepper. This small thank you gift for teachers comes with a free Zombies book, which wouldn’t be my favorite part of the package…but if your teacher likes Zombies, then this gift is perfect.
When you write thank you notes for teachers, be specific
Tell your teacher why you appreciate her, what she did that made school better for you, and how she improved your life. Don’t just say “you’re a great teacher” or “you have class!” Be specific in your words of gratitude. Remind her of the lessons she taught you and why they are so meaningful to you today.
If your teacher has a milestone birthday at the end of the year, read 40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women – From Easy to Extravagant.
Teacher Appreciation Quotes
How well do you know your teacher? The better you know her, the easier it’ll be to find the right ways to say thank you at year end. If you know she likes wine, don’t just give her a bottle of Merlot or Zinfandel. Give her a whimsical, sweet wine holder that her friends and family will comment on when they go to her place for dinner.
How cute is the “Frog Grog” Frog Figurine Wine Bottle Holder? This is one of those teacher appreciation ideas that students and parents might not think of giving. If your teacher doesn’t appreciate wine, this bottle holder can be used for other types of bottles – or even with a bottle of bubble bath that is shaped like a wine or champagne bottle.
Quotes for teachers at the end of the year
Here is a list of teacher appreciation quotes:
- “The road to freedom, here and everywhere, begins in the classroom.”-Hubert H. Humphrey
- “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” – Deepak Chopra
- “The best teachers view students not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.”
- “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”- Karl Menninger
- “Think for a moment about the people who have inspired you most in your life. Chances are, one of them was a teacher.” – Robert John Meehan
- “The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.” – Elbert Hubbard
Remember not to just include the quote. A true teacher appreciation note includes your personal thoughts and experience with your teacher – not just a inspirational quotation.
If your teacher uses wheels to get around, you might find some creative teacher appreciation ideas in Gifts for Quadriplegics, Paraplegics and People in Wheelchairs.
I welcome your thoughts on these teacher appreciation gifts for year end! Please share your ideas; I’d love to add to this list, especially if you have creative poems or quotes for teachers.