Most of these ideas can be used for an individual teacher in need of a little uplift, a team, or the whole school.
Three-Most teachers want to know you care.
Without further adieu, I bring you the list to build teacher morale:
1. Bring a Coworker Lunch
Another route I loved to take was to order pizza for the team. This surprise was always met with smiles, and bonus, I didn’t have to pack a lunch either.
2. Clean a Common Area
On this note, we had a couple of teachers at our school who took it upon themselves to bring ice from the cafeteria to the lounge each morning. This task, while it seemed trivial to them, made our lives SO much easier, and was truly appreciated.
3. Random Contests
Our campus had MANY step competitions, whether they be a single day, week, or month long competitions. Most of us were wearing Fitbits anyway, so it fits. Most of the time the prize would be a silly certificate or a candy bar, nothing over the top.
I mean, do I need to explain this one?
5. Out of School Get Together
By having this standing date it encouraged us to get our stuff done and leave to begin our weekends, which is always a morale booster.
6. Notes of Appreciation
A personalized note of appreciation can mean the world. I was always an especially big fan when the note was related to something we had previously discussed. This is a great way to show others you are listening and you care.
7. Sweat Together
A little sweat, or a lot in my case, is good for you. Invite your coworkers to go for an after school walk, or start a workout club together. Endorphins are our friends.
8. Celebration or Brag Board
Our admin would occasionally choose an appropriate celebration and add it to the morning announcements for a little extra love.
My principal knew Dr. Pepper was my weakness, so when she wanted to thank me for something she would write me a little sticky note and put it and a Dr. Pepper in my mailbox. It made my day every single time.
Potlucks are a little tricky because they can be fun, but you have to make sure they aren’t viewed as “one more thing” on teachers’ to do list. Our school PTA would often provide the main dish and then we brought sides and desserts. It made it easy.
11. Jeans Passes
I firmly believe I am a better teacher when I am wearing jeans. Moving on…
12. A Little Break
One year our admin surprised each of us with a twenty-minute break in which they did a read aloud with our class right before the winter break when we were all running a little ragged. This small act was so appreciated by everyone. It truly is one of the times I felt the most love.
As teachers, we fill our students’ buckets with compliments, but sometimes we forget about one another.
14. Gift Exchanges
I am an especially big fan of the Secret Santa or secret Valentine or secret anything format in which you get a little gift each day for a week and then the big reveal. I always feel so cared for during these exchanges because the person giving the gift puts a lot of effort into tailoring the gifts to the recipient.
15. Respect Their Time
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