Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week 2021

We’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week this year – some will be virtual & some will be in person, but the main goal is to honor the educators who are working so hard to keep our kids learning while we try to figure it all out!

Even if your children are not physically in school, we’ve put together some ways that you can celebrate your favorite teachers and show your gratitude!

Welcome to Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week! 

A young African American boy holding a tablet to share ideas for Virtual Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is going digital this year and we’re sharing a online schedule of activities for parents, schools, and PTAs to use to honor their teachers.

What is Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week?

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week falls on May 3, 2021 – May 7th, 2021.

It is a week meant to honor teachers for their hard work, and how they truly love and care for all of our kids. In my opinion, pampering our teachers five days out of the year isn’t enough, but it’s a start.

Parents, children, and PTA generally work together to come up with a plan to celebrate over the course of the week by sharing teacher gift ideas, providing meals, and having themes each day to show school pride. 

Young girl writing a note to her teacher on a laptop to share her favorite thing about her teacher.
Kids can choose from five different prompts to write a special message to their teacher every day during Teacher Appreciation Week.

What Gifts Do Teachers Really Want? 

When asked this question, my teacher friends usually say that they want their kids to be safe, healthy, happy, read to, and for mom and dad to support their learning at home. They also quickly follow those sentiments with “wine” as a favorite gift choice, haha! 

You can’t go wrong with digital gift cards for Teacher Appreciation Week (coffee, Netflix, Hulu, DoorDash, Uber Eats, Instacart, Kindle, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Target are great quarantine gifts that will be appreciated). Send teachers Tiff’s Treats or flowers. Have a yard card service set up a message in their yard, like “an awesome teacher lives here!”

Room parents and class volunteers can ask the teacher to set up an Amazon wish list of some of their favorite things or books they want to read and parents can purchase from there. Even some of the big name stores are getting in on the fun, like Target’s teacher discount

thank you teacher letters spelled out on a corkboard background encouraging families to participate in teacher appreciation week
There are so many simple ways to shop online for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Thoughtful and Inexpensive Gifts for Teachers

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give teachers something special. Kids crafts are a great place to start! Who doesn’t love a sweet memento like a video or slide show presentation?

Kids can write a nice thank you note and mail it to their teacher (if they are willing to give you their address), or you can scan and email it instead. Work together with other parents and arrange a car parade by the teacher’s house! You could even have your child record a video message for their teacher and email it to them. 

Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week written on a tablet with a student's hands holding the tablet.
Shower teachers with love and support with our digital message templates during Online Teacher Appreciation Week

Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week Daily Schedule

We’ve put together a sample daily schedule for online Teacher Appreciation Week that includes five different prompts for students to share something special about their teacher. 

There are printable PDF versions that kids can fill out — take a picture of their creation, or scan it, and email it to your teacher, post on social media, or upload the picture to your child’s digital classroom in Google Classroom, SeeSaw, or whatever program your school uses. There are also links to each of these messages in Google Slides so you can edit them digitally to make them even easier to share!

Share your pictures and anything that you do for your teachers on social media, and make sure you tag us on Facebook or Instagram and include the hashtag #KABlovesteachers so we can check out all of the teacher love y’all are sharing! 

Virtual Teacher Appreciation Week

Online Teacher Appreciation Week Plan

Download the Teacher Appreciation Week Graphics pdf version: Teacher Appreciation Week Template Printables

Here is an example plan for the week:

 

Teacher Appreciation
Dear Teacher: My favorite thing about you is…

Monday:

 

Teacher appreciation
Dear Teacher: I will never forget that you taught me…

Tuesday:

  • Record a video message or write a letter to your teacher! You can email it directly to them, upload to your digital classroom, or share a photo on your school’s social media. 
teacher appreciation
I remember making you proud when I…

Wednesday:

  • Dress up like your favorite teacher or staff member! Share a photo on your school’s social media.
teacher appreciation
Dear Teacher: My favorite memory in our class was…

Thursday:

  • Give your teacher something special! Students can draw a picture, write a poem, sing a song — the sky is the limit! Share a photo or video on your school’s social media.
teacher appreciation
Dear Teacher: I’m really going to miss…

Friday:

  • Decorate your neighborhood for the teachers and staff so they can feel the love as they visit the school. Use sidewalk chalk to leave messages on driveways and sidewalks, create fun signs and put them in your yard for when they drive by — anything is possible!  Share a photo or video on your school’s social media.
  • Today’s Special Message: Use this What I’ll Miss template to share what you will miss most about your teacher. Click here for a digital version you can edit in Google Slides.

More Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Fun Things To Do With Kids

How are you celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week while social distancing?

Comment below, and make sure you tag us with #KABlovesteachers if you post any pictures or ideas on social media!

3 Comments

  1. I would love to use these prompts this year, but would like to change the year on them from 2019-2020. Is there a version where the area with the year is editable? Thanks!

  2. Lisa,
    I had new ones made for this year that should arrive in the next few days and I will add them in here! Thanks for asking.
    Holly

  3. Hello! These are great!! just wondering if you will have the updated year version available soon? Thank you!!

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