As the school year ends, are you letting your teachers know you appreciate them? You should continue being considerate in class, say thank you, and consider a gift. Check out how to use these ideas to show your teacher you appreciate what they do:
Always Be Considerate
This one can be a bit obvious, but at the end of the school year, it can be tough to stay focused on the schoolwork. After all, you got summer vacation to plan for! But it’s important to remember that your teacher still has a job to do – and so do you.
No matter the time of year, you should always be considerate to your teachers and the time and effort they put into yours and others’ education. Be on time, don’t play on your phone, and stay engaged during class – even when you’d rather be thinking about that upcoming family vacation.
Say Thank You
One of the best ways to show your teacher appreciation. Tell them! Simply saying, “Thank you. The year has been amazing.” will go far. You can even tell them this when you ask them to sign your yearbook or when asking for a letter of recommendation for your college applications.
If you have a hard time putting what you want to say into words though, or want to say more than a few lines, your best bet is to write a letter. Talk about how appreciative you are and how they’ve impacted you as a student. This may actually become one of your teacher’s most prized possessions, too!
Get a Gift
Of course, you can always get a gift for your teacher – and not just the end of the year apple either. You could buy them snacks, flowers, or a gift card to a nearby restaurant or store. Some teachers like decorating their classroom, too. For example, I once had an English teacher who decorated every inch, including the ceiling, with random, fun, or educational posters. He loved getting presents to help decorate the walls! If you have a teacher like that, consider adding to their collection.
Another idea is school supplies. Teachers usually have to spend their own budget on these supplies, and if you noticed that this particular classroom was short on any specific supplies, you could buy some for your teacher and help next year’s students. Sometimes the best gift is just a simple amazon gift card!
From being respectful in class to saying thank you in a well thought out letter, there are plenty of ways to show your teacher just how much you appreciate what they do for you and your classmates. If you take the time out now to thank them, it is something they will likely remember for the rest of their career. And it could seriously come in handy when you need letters of recommendation for college.
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