Educator. Facilitator. Lecturer. Professor. Whatever you call them, teachers are the foundation of our education system. And on 5th October, it’s time to celebrate those who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to continue educating our young people.

World Teachers’ Day (or International Teachers Day) is dedicated to recognising teachers around the globe, and it gives us the chance to show our appreciation for their continual efforts. We’re kicking off World Teachers’ Day with seven ways you can show appreciation for your favourite teachers.

1. Make a Gift Basket

Gift baskets are one of the best ways to show you appreciate your teacher because they can be customised with their favourite goodies. You can even include a bottle of their favourite tipple, or maybe a selection of treats and baked goods, yum!

Talking of baked goods …

2. Bake Them Something

Nothing says ‘I appreciate you’ more than a fresh pile of baked cookies. Children love baking, and when you’re starting from scratch, the possibilities are endless. If you don’t want to make a mess of the kitchen, you could even order some baked gifts for your teacher online.

3. Offer to Help Out

If there’s an upcoming school event and you’ve got some spare time, offer teachers a helping hand. A classroom of 25 is a lot for one or two teachers on a school trip. Next time they’re jetting off to a local museum or historical site, consider chaperoning to alleviate some of the teachers’ stresses (you’ll probably have more fun than you think).

4. Colouring For Adults

Colouring isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, adults who take the time to do some colouring benefit from stress relief. Adult colouring books are available at most stationery shops, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg. We’re sure you’ll agree, giving teachers an outlet to destress is one of the best gifts they can receive.

5. Donate a Classroom Plant

Plants make everyone happier, and that’s a fact. A few plants around the classroom have many health benefits; they can reduce the risk of headaches and promote positive mental health and well-being in students and teachers alike. Plus, teachers can select students to care for the classroom plants each week, developing their independence and curiosity in the process.

6. Gift an Experience Day

Experience days are a fantastic way of showing appreciation for our exceptional teachers. You can arrange a collection among parents and students to front the cost of a relaxing spa day or driving experience. Some companies even allow you to purchase credit instead, so the teacher can choose an experience day that they’ll enjoy.

7. Consider a Digital Gift

Now that we’ve endured being stuck at home for weeks on end, we’ve had to adjust to the digital lifestyle. Who says gifts need to be physical? A digital voucher for their favourite streaming service or an online store like Amazon or Spotify is an easy way to give teacher’s something they’ll love.

World Teachers’ Day has been a global event since 1994, celebrating the efforts of teachers worldwide. This year’s theme is ‘Teachers at the heart of education recovery’ and focuses on providing support to teachers in recovering the time lost due to Covid-19.

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