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  • Sarah Lindsey

A Lesson on Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher: one that teaches especially, one whose occupation is to instruct.

Based on the definition above it’s pretty safe to say that every person has been impacted by a teacher who helped to broaden their mind and change their worldview. It's been said that teaching is the profession that creates all other professions- teachers are shaping the world! Teachers have been heroes over the last year as they’ve worked to create hybrid lessons and taught remotely. To celebrate the influence that teachers have on society, National Teacher Appreciation Week takes place the first week of May.

History of National Teacher Appreciation Week

While many people were campaigning for the designation of a Teacher’s Day it would take over 30 years (and a little help from Eleanor Roosevelt) before congress finally created the first National Teacher’s Day in 1984. The first National Teacher’s Day was celebrated on March 7th of that year but was later moved to May and celebrated for a whole week! National Teacher’s Appreciation Week 2021 takes place May 3-7th.

How to Celebrate National Teachers Week

Teacher’s week can be celebrated in any way! From simply telling your teacher thank you or gifting her something amazing, your teacher will love the gesture. Wondering what the best gifts are for showing your teacher some appreciation? Take a look at 8 of our favorite products that are great for showing your teacher some extra love!

  • Teaching supplies- gift your teacher something practical like a notepad, whiteboard markers, or fun magnets! These gifts are perfect because they will be super useful in the classroom.

  • Custom socks- Add a creative design or even your teacher’s name to some fun socks!

  • Teacher tote- Create a custom tote for your teacher that will be perfect for transporting supplies between work and home.

  • Thank you cards- Take some time to write down what you appreciate about your teacher and say thank you! You could even consider adding a gift card to your favorite dessert place to treat your teacher.

  • Decorate the classroom door- Work together with others in the class to surprise your teacher with a decorated door! This is a unique way to show appreciation that also gets the whole class involved.

  • Mugs- Who doesn’t love a personalized mug? Use the mug as a container for another gift by adding in markers or small treats.

  • Custom pennant- Pennants are a fun way to showcase your teacher's name, plus they can use it as classroom décor! Check out pennants from our friends at who can help you customize your pennant.

  • Spa in a basket- Teachers deserve some relaxation during their downtime! Gift your teacher a basket containing all the spa essentials (lotion, bath salts, slippers, and other items).

  • Succulents- This is a definite crowd pleaser! Gift your teacher a few potted succulents with a card saying "Thanks for helping me grow!".

  • Custom T-Shirt- Customize a t-shirt with your teacher's name or anything else you like!

This list is just the beginning of ideas for showing your teacher some extra appreciation! If you have an idea that’s not listed here contact us and let us help you create it. Share with us how you are celebrating National Teacher’s Week by tagging us on social media @brightpointcreative and check out our Pinterest board for more ideas.

*This post was inspired by an article from Shutterfly. Check out their article here: 55+ Teacher Appreciation Week Gift Ideas To Say Thanks

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