Teacher Appreciation Week starts Monday, May 6th! It’s a special time for recognizing and celebrating the educators in our lives who do so much to motivate, inspire, and help their students succeed both in the classroom and beyond. As you’re thinking of ways to show your thanks and appreciation for the fellow teachers in your life, here are a few ideas to get you started:

1) Tell them how they’ve impacted you

Let that special educator in your life know how they’ve made a difference for you! Write a note, send an email, record a video, or even stop by their classroom. They’ll be thrilled to hear how they helped you realize the value of civic engagement or inspired you to pursue a degree in engineering.

2) Give them free coffee

Skip the mug — trust us on this, teachers already have plenty of mugs — and go straight for the coffee. No one needs free coffee more than teachers and there never seems to be enough of it in the staff break room.

3) Lend them a helping hand

One of the best ways you can thank a teacher is to take something off their over-full to-do lists. Organize a few volunteers to make copies of in-class assignments, grade tests or quizzes, or decorate their classrooms.

4) Help them decompress in and out of the classroom

Oftentimes teachers are so busy taking care of others that they don’t prioritize themselves. There are plenty of ways that you can help them refill their emotional cups: make them a playlist full of relaxing music, give them resources to take brain breaks during the day with their students, or buy them healthy snacks for their desk drawers.

5) Give the gift of TpT

Teachers are often required to dip into their own wallets to get the resources that are necessary for their students to excel. With a TpT gift card, you can treat them to something that will not only help them save time but will also benefit their students. You can purchase a TpT gift card online, and choose to print it out or send it directly to a teacher’s email inbox with a personalized note! It’s an easy gift that they’re sure to love.