Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10. It’s just one week, but in reality the whole month of May is a great time to snag some deals as an educator.
May is hectic. It’s the end of the race and the race was long. In between grading those final papers, finishing report cards, filling out all other forms of paperwork, cleaning and packing your classroom, I say: treat yourself!
Teacher Appreciation is only one week, and National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 7) is just a day, but that love and appreciation offered and demonstrated actually extends through the whole month of May.
Availability is not guaranteed everywhere but take a look at these deals — find something each week to help you finish strong, or simply pamper yourself. Go to your local district website too, they often post regional and local deals.
So, my added May advice: find a teacher appreciation deal, and treat yourself.
I know it’s the first week of May, but I need everyone to start planning for summer now.
Write a list of things for families to do over the summer, local and easy recommendations, to inspire and ignite creativity and learning over the summer.
Recommend free options as much as possible so that all students can participate and see themselves as active participants in their own learning. Start now, ask around for more ideas, build a nice long list.
Need inspiration? Here are some ideas:
- Go on a walk every day, talk the entire time (talking is learning, talk about anything your child desires)
- Bake/cook with your child–conversations around food are filled with vocabulary, reasoning, and mathematical computation
- Visit the zoo
- Help around the house–sorting clothing, setting the table, sweeping, etc. help children learn responsibility, practice academic learning, and acquire life skills
- Take kids to the grocery store–have your child find ingredients, discuss possible recipes, weigh food, etc.
- Visit a museum, visit many museums
- Sign-up for a summer reading challenge at the local library
- Get some art & craft materials from the Dollar store and make something beautiful
- Learn a new skill: embroidery, sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. (find a YouTube video and go for it!)
- Watch TedTalks, documentaries, and other programs that are age-appropriate and educational/spark discussion
- Do something athletic: basketball, running, walking, skateboarding, baseball, etc.
- Gross motor skills, fine motor skills, interpersonal & intrapersonal abilities are developed during these experiences
- Join a summer program–swim class, recreation class, summer camp, etc.
This list is not complete. It includes items that span the K-12 spectrum. Some ideas require parental approval, supervision, and added effort. Some ideas are easily left to the child. This list is meant to be a springboard for a personalized list for your students as they embark on their summer journey–remember even though classroom learning has ended, their life is filled with learning opportunities and they should seize each moment to grow and learn.
For the most part, this year, spring break is in April; therefore, I must advise you:
Enjoy your spring break.
Take more than a day, or a weekend, away from work. Enjoy more than a weekend’s worth of time off.
No lesson planning, no grading, no time in the classroom–absolutely nothing work related–for as much time as possible during this break. Take an actual break.
You have earned this time off, you have earned this break, so please, please make sure to enjoy spring break.