Teacher Appreciation Week is almost upon us (many of the schools in our district are celebrating this week, although nationally it is May 8-12 this year). In any event, that means it's time for a Shout-out Challenge. We've put together five simple ways to give your colleagues a shout-out (one for each day of the work week). Maybe your fellow educators keep you sane in tough times, Maybe you feed off their positive energy. Maybe they share lessons and strategies with you. Whatever the reason, it's important to take time to thank our coworkers and this week offers the perfect opportunity. I know that I get so busy (like the rest of you) that I often don't get around to thanking the people who mean the most. So here's a step by step challenge for giving shout-outs - one shout out for each workday (even if you can't do something everyday - pick at least one shout-out and run with it). Join the Challenge. Spread the word and Share the love. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Day 1. Tweet it loud! Tweet it clear!
Tweet a quick note of thanks @ a few of your special coworkers. Let them know what makes them awesome. The best part is that tweeting thanks creates a ripple effect encouraging others to do the same. If you aren't into Twitter, post on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram.
Day 2. Post-it up!
Take a stack of post-its and write little notes of thanks to your coworkers; put the notes somewhere unexpected -- on the coffee maker, on their laptop, on their classroom door. Add a little smile to their day. (Thanks to our amazing PLN #NoVAedchat for this fun idea). It's simple but sweet.
Day 3. Caffeine-filled notes
I love writing notes of thanks on paper coffee cups. So swing by your favorite coffee house, buy two (one for a colleague, one for you - you deserve a little thanks) coffees (teas, lattes -- you get the idea) and pack your sharpie. Write a note of thanks on the cup and then brighten someone's morning. I love to leave it outside of their classroom door or have a student deliver it before the first bell.
Day 4. Grateful Poster
Pick a few teachers that you want to recognize and make each of them a "Poster of Thanks." Ask your students to write a brief message of thanks (the more specific the better) on the poster board and then hang the poster in the teacher's room as a fun surprise. Even better, make a numbered list -- nothing is more fun than seeing 50 ways that you change lives. It will keep your colleague going until summer and beyond.
Day 5. Email: Meet your friend the hashtag
Our Assistant Principal started the tradition of posting on our staff email account with the hashtag "#kmsthanks" anytime we wanted to thank a colleague at Kilmer Middle School. Close out your workweek by posting genuine thanks for a colleague on your staff email early on Friday morning. Use an original hashtag and challenge your colleagues to do the same that day in honor of teacher appreciation day. If you check in later, you'll have fun emails to read about the wonderful ways teachers in your building lift each other up. I can't think of a better start to the weekend.
So, there you have it. Are you ready for the Shout-out Challenge? We'd love to hear from you! Drop us a line on our Facebook Page, leave a comment below or tweet us @coreythornblad and @libraryms. We appreciate each and everyone of you.
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