Happy Teacher Appreciation Week?

(Notice the question mark, friends.  It is very intentionally placed.)

If I could, I would personally appreciate the sh*t out of each and every one of you!

In years past, I have noted that this WEEK LONG EXTRAVAGANZA often goes unnoticed in many schools.  Seriously, non-teachers, at least show some appreciation on one day, a morning, or an afternoon maybe…something!

Now I get to spend my time in a lot of different schools, I get to see the full spectrum of celebration.  From schools that throw full blown luncheons complete with bottles of water, macaroni salad that does not resemble a soup thanks to a generous portion of mayonnaise, and cookies (the soft ones!)
to schools who not only have lost their manners, but have managed to become all out abusive.

I googled “teacher appreciate week” and half expected the screen to say, “Are you serious?  Um, zero matches, sucker.”  Instead, I found these:

* A chance to win $5000 – cha ching! – sponsored by Febreze.  (Can they smell my classroom from their corporate head quarters?)

* A chance to win a gift card for the food of our people (a.k.a. coffee) from Starbucks.  I think the $30 may get you two and half drinks with names that last longer than teacher appreciation week.

* A discount for you to buy more stuff for your classroom because, contrary to popular belief, we are not all lazy SOBs.

* A discount for Mecca (a.k.a. The Container Store) so you can organize until you are grinning from ear to ear.

And if you’re still feeling unappreciated this week, if you’re one of those teachers who received a rape whistle, a chance at a ream of paper or a glance in the hallway….here’s a little something to lift your spirits.

I appreciate you.  For what it’s worth.


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  • Ann Taylor LOFT is supposed to have some kind of a deal going on specifically for teachers, too!

    A family brought in like, 50 cupcakes for the teachers this week, and the PTA and principal teamed up to get us those giant party subs from Subway for lunch today. It was fantastic- I hope other schools get that kind of recognition!

    May 4, 2011 at 12:17 am
  • Rape whistle?????? What school is that? I feel your pain woman…feel your pain.

    Keep blogging cause your funny as hell and unfortunately all too truthful.

    15 years +

    May 4, 2011 at 12:17 am
  • It's Teacher Appreciation Week and I spent today at my RIF hearing. Does it get any worse than that? And, I have 16 years in the district. Actually, I am getting RIF'd because they are cutting the library positions by 30%. Ugh.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm
  • I'm in one of the lucky school. When I went to the teacher's lounge this morning, there was more food there than we could have possibly eaten. Thanks for reminding me how good I have it.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm
  • The elementary school that my kids attend does a great job of promoting Teacher Appreciation Week. And I always try to make something handmade for their teachers. I teach high school, and I doubt my students even know it's TAW! Their gift to me could be just turning in their work and going an entire week without asking for a bathroom pass.

    May 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm
  • Can you say d-o-c-u-m-e-n-t c-a-m-e-r-a? We've been BEGGING for them for nearly 6 years and finally a pretty little box showed up on my desk. Not too shabby, not that it makes up for my 38 students or my massive pay cut or my increasingly expensive benefits…but we won't worry about those issues today…'cause I have a DOCUMENT CAMERA, yippee!! (dances wildly around the classroom with her kinder kiddos)

    7 years and counting

    May 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm
  • My former school didn't do anything for us for Teacher Appreciation Week. However one day, I went to my mailbox and the district PTA gave us 6 inch paper rulers that said, "We Appreciate You". Oh really? Maybe it was just me, but I think they should've saved that tree.

    May 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm
  • If you want to add to the discounts, Joanne Fabric offers a 15% off discount (all the time) for teachers. You do have to sign up to get the card.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm
  • I got a damn lanyard. A LANYARD. I would have preferred a pen.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm
  • Wait, there's a teacher appreciation week? Heh, looks like my school forgot about that one. Of course I'm in NY and right now it's Teacher Hate year so yeah..

    May 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

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