Thank Your Teachers!

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

30 comments… add one

  • Rod May 4, 2014, 6:54 pm

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

  • Rod May 4, 2014, 6:55 pm

    I might do your idea.

  • CC May 4, 2014, 6:57 pm


  • CC May 4, 2014, 6:58 pm

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

  • Piper May 4, 2014, 7:35 pm

    Thank You!

  • D May 5, 2014, 1:13 pm

    omg i almost forgot thanks for the reminder! :)

  • J May 5, 2014, 2:08 pm

    thanks i guess

  • Kobulnick May 5, 2014, 5:49 pm

    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.

  • Daniel May 5, 2014, 6:40 pm

    That is so amazing!!!!

  • Charisma May 6, 2014, 7:33 pm

    hi-hi!!! :) 😛 <:)

  • Patricia May 6, 2014, 8:05 pm

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

  • Austin May 6, 2014, 9:00 pm

    are you a teacher Jeanette?

    • Jeanette May 6, 2014, 9:58 pm

      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 May 6, 2014, 11:50 pm

        you probably were the nicest teacher

  • dylan May 6, 2014, 11:48 pm

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

    • Jeanette May 7, 2014, 2:51 pm

      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 May 8, 2014, 11:28 pm

        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

      • dylan May 8, 2014, 11:31 pm

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

  • Susan May 7, 2014, 12:46 pm

    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!

  • Dalan May 7, 2014, 5:00 pm

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

  • Symphony May 7, 2014, 7:38 pm

    i think that all teachers should be apretiated

  • p May 7, 2014, 7:55 pm


  • Bowen May 7, 2014, 8:06 pm

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

  • henry May 7, 2014, 10:48 pm

    all teachers need to be thanked

  • henry May 7, 2014, 10:51 pm

    thats what i think

  • TT May 8, 2014, 12:33 pm

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

  • jessiah May 8, 2014, 3:40 pm

    hey are u a teacher

  • A May 8, 2014, 4:13 pm

    Your welcome

  • Roen May 8, 2014, 10:30 pm


  • maria May 9, 2014, 4:38 pm



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