The Supersisters Great Day of Gratitude planning is in full swing at our house. The kids and I wondered if it would be fun to make our expressions of gratitude and kindness for our teachers and caregivers delightfully sneaky.
Here are a few ideas we came up with for May 5, 2010 to tell our teachers we see all they do and honor their contribution in our lives:
Pass a note. Write a note or draw a picture telling your teacher how much he or she means to you and then fold it into an awesome shape like a heart. Here are the instructions. Some time during class or before/after school, quietly drop it on his/her desk or leave it on top of your own when you leave school to be found. You can sign or name or make it anonymous, either way it will make your teacher smile.
Post-it Play! Grab a pad of post-its and a bunch of friends to do a group expression of big thanks! Have each student write a little note of thanks and post-it on their on individual worksheet. When you pass your papers to turn in, you instantly have 20, 24, or even 30 messages of love for your teacher to go through as he/she grades your papers.
Grab an accomplice. Ask another teacher to help you pull a kindness mission off. Make a plan with the teacher in the next door classroom to leave a potted plant (the perfect eco-craft is right here), a bouquet of flowers, chocolates, basket of goodies with a note for your teacher in his/her classroom after hours. Maybe you'll even get to meet a teacher you'll have in the future and make a new friendship.
Make a wish. Wishing is fun and can even be more fun when we extend or imagine our wishes for others. Make a small book, kind of like these. Fill them with your wishes for your teacher. Do you hope she has more flowers in her life, or a fruity drink on a beach vacation, more time with his/her family? This is really fun to ask kids and hear their wishes and blessings.
Widen the circle. After you cover your teachers, why not thank a few other folks who do their jobs to help you be able to learn? Janitors, the lunch lady/man, school secretary, the librarian could all use a note of thanks for all they do to help our schools and kids. Their jobs often go unseen yet they play an important role in our children's growth.
What creative ideas do you have for our collective Great Day of Gratitude? Tell us in the comments or better yet write your own blog post and leave us the link here. Help us spread the word to make this gratitude reach far and wide for every teacher.
You can also include your pictures of teacher love projects on our PBS Supersister Flickr Pool here.
Now go get your gratitude on!