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I have been out of the classroom for almost five years, but I still keep some treasured items in my office at Discovery Education.

ZebraCeramicHere are pictures of a ceramic plate that my old crew class gave to me (Zebras: you rock!), a mobile made of paper cranes (Chim: continuing thanks for that), and a collection of notes and cards given to me on occasion from students.


They’re mostly small sentiments: a quick thanks for lending an ear during a rough time or an end-of-the-year card. It was just great to hear from the students outside of assignments.

Psst: Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5 – 9… and Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6. Make sure to tell your teachers how much you appreciate them and, specifically, what for. When I was teaching, I was always surprised and happy to get cards… and there were no better rewards than heartfelt appreciations from students who felt helped in some way. We’ve created a couple of cards that you are welcome to download, print,and use to express your thanks to a teacher.

Click on one or both cards to download… and give as many as you’d like.

TeacherCardPenguin             TeacherCardElephant

  1. Rod (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    I like that you shared some of your old memories with Discovery Educaction.

  2. Rod (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    I might do your idea.

  3. CC (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014


  4. CC (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    I like how you shared your idea and I might do it too!!!

  5. Piper (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    Thank You!

  6. D (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    omg i almost forgot thanks for the reminder! :)

  7. J (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    thanks i guess

  8. Kobulnick (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    My class and I read your blog, and we liked the paper crane mobile a lot. It reminds us of our Open Court story \The Paper Crane\. We love reminders of our favorite stories. Thnaks for sharing with us.

  9. Daniel (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    That is so amazing!!!!

  10. Charisma (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    hi-hi!!! :) :P <:)

  11. Patricia (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    Thank you for thinking about your students, past and present.

  12. Austin (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    are you a teacher Jeanette?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

      Hi Austin. Hmm… well, I’m not a classroom teacher, anymore, but lots of people say \Once a teacher, always a teacher.\ But, to answer your question more clearly: I taught 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade English and humanities. Loved it.

      • dylan (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

        you probably were the nicest teacher

  13. dylan (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    hey can someone give me some ideas for a gift to my teacher

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

      Hi Dylan — I bet you’ll get some great ideas from other students on here. Also, see the comment from Susan, below… she’s a teacher and says that the handmade gifts are really the most memorable! Maybe a card with an original drawing or poem? Let us know what you decide and thanks for starting the gift suggestions thread, here.

      • billy (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

        um i know it is almost the end of the week but i really need a idea for a gift like a card with pictures of how myy teacher is the best teacher

  14. Susan (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    This brings back fond memories of when I taught first grade! Love all of the handmade cards and gifts. I still have some of them 19 years later!

  15. Dalan (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    Cool! I like some teachers better than others, though. :):):):):)

  16. Symphony (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    i think that all teachers should be apretiated

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  18. Bowen (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    I like how how you shared your idea and il might do it to

  19. henry (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    all teachers need to be thanked

  20. henry (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    thats what i think

  21. TT (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    you guys are so great!!!!!! touches my heart

  22. jessiah (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    hey are u a teacher

  23. A (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    Your welcome

  24. Roen (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014


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  26. dylan (Reply) on Sunday 4, 2014

    seriously should i do a card with pictures of how my teacher is a great teacher