Are you searching for new ways to show your teachers how much you appreciate their efforts? Education World's "Principal Files" principals share some things they have done to show their appreciation.
Also, check out Celebrate Your Entire Team During Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week , part of EdWorld's blog "Of Principal Concern," to access ideas from educator, speaker, and author Diane Hodges.
What are you doing to recognize staff members at your school during this year's celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week? Scheduled for May 5-9, 2014, the week offers principals, students, and parents a special opportunity to recognize the hard work teachers do all year long.
"I've learned that recognizing teachers is a critically important part of my job, since teaching can sometimes feel like a unappreciated effort day in and day out," said principal Lolli Haws of Avery Elementary School in Webster Groves, Missouri. "Recognition from adults for a job well done or appreciation of ongoing efforts is vital."
"Teachers need appreciation often, not just during the annual recognition week," added principal Patricia Green. That's why she keeps filling the candy jar in the staff lounge. It is also why she frequently offers prizes for the correct answer to trivia questions she posts on the white board in the staff lounge. Those are just a couple of the things she does all year long to show her appreciation to the teachers at Cedar Heights Junior High School in Port Orchard, Washington.
"I try to treat my staff like a big family," added principal Marguerite McNeely of Oak Hill High School in Hineston, Louisiana, "because that is just what we are."
Green, Haws, McNeely, and another 20 of Education World's "Principal Files" Principals recently shared some of the ways in which they celebrate teachers all year long. Following are their ideas. A list of all 23 principals who contributed to this story appears at the end of the article.