14 Ways to Virtually Celebrate Teachers During COVID-19 

By Kisha DeSandies Lester
Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week: Student Learning remotely from home with his teacher.

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and with most schools closed because of COVID-19, we’ve all gotten a pretty clear glimpse into “a day in the life” of a teacher. And we have found a greater appreciation for teachers as we’ve seen just how much they do and how their passion to help students learn and grow has spilled over into virtual classrooms.

It’s in these challenging times that we truly recognize and appreciate how our nation’s educators play such a pivotal role in our children’s lives—inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success. 

So how do we thank our teachers for their immense work and the positive impact that they continue to make while social distancing? We’ve got you covered with these fun and thoughtful ideas.

Teacher Appreciation Ideas!

  1. Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day—and when we think about all that they are doing for our kids, it moves us beyond words, so we need emojis to say how we feel. Get emoji-tional and share how you love (❤️) like (👍), celebrate (🎉) and care for (😍) our teachers on social media. And use #ThankATeacher on your posts.
  2. Have your child color a picture for their teacher in appreciation of their awesomeness!
  3. Take a picture of your child learning from home and send it to their teacher. 
  4. Have your child write a Haiku poem for their teacher on what they’ve learned this year and why they’re thankful to be in their teacher’s class.
  5. Send your teacher a virtual gift card to thank them for all they do.
  6. Make a video about why your child and family are thankful for your teacher and send it to your teacher.
  7. Send a personal e-card to honor your teacher and their hard work, especially now as you learn at home. 
  8. Write an email to your child’s teacher expressing your gratitude for all they’ve done this year, especially while adapting to remote teaching and learning.
  9. Visit National PTA’s Teacher Appreciation Week webpage for ideas and tools to thank your teachers.
  10. Get on TikTok and show your teachers how you and your family are learning together during COVID-19. Get creative with it! You can sing Montell Jordan’s hit song, “This is How We Do it” and make sure you use #AlwaysLearning in your post!
  11. Sing a thank you song and post it to celebrate teachers. You can use this simple song for inspiration and make up your own lyrics, using your teacher’s name! 
  12. Wear red on National Teacher Day and share that you’re wearing red to recognize teachers on social media using the hashtag #RedForED.
  13. We have Mad Libs fun for the family, teacher’s edition. Play this classic word game with your family in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week!
  14. Get into the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week with these classroom virtual meeting backgrounds (scroll to the bottom) from Office Depot. 

Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. Learn more at PTA.org/ThankATeacher.

Kisha DeSandies Lester is the Senior Editorial & Digital Manager at National PTA.

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