How to thank a teacher (example notes included)
National Teacher Appreciation Day is the Tuesday in the first full week of May. This makes for a great day to thank your teacher!
The teacher will appreciate hearing that they are doing a good job. A little gratitude can go a long way in encouraging teachers that their efforts are worth it!
7 Ways to thank a teacher:
1 A handwritten thank you note or letter
2 An emailed thank you note or letter
3 A “thank you” in person
4 A small trinket for their desk
5 A gift card (Starbucks, Amazon, local restaurants, etc.)
6 Invite them to the high school graduation party for your student
7 Invite them to your college graduation party
A combination of these methods can be used. For example, you can send a note with a small gift. The thank you can come from a parent or from the student.
Also, the teacher may not have a preference of how they are thanked. If you know a certain teacher loves thank-you notes, then send them a handwritten thank you.
Do not get hung up on the method and let figuring out which way to thank become a barrier that prevents you from saying thank you at all. If you don’t want to handwrite a thank you note then please email them or tell them in person! The point here is that the teacher is getting thanked one way or another.
Note: Gifts are nice and perhaps easier to do than writing a thank you note or coming up with the words to say in person. Some teachers are much more likely to remember your words, then what gift you gave them. A teacher once told me:
A gift is probably more special at Christmas or at the end of the year. A note at any time is a wonderful. Though nice, gifts do not give you that “this makes it all worthwhile” feeling like a touching note does. So, each has its own place, I would say. I certainly remember notes more in the long run than gift cards!
Examples of situations to thank the teacher for:
♠ Your child has taken an interest in a subject because of how well the teacher is teaching it.
♠ Does your child want to be a teacher because of a specific teacher? I’d say that means the teacher is having an impact and should be thanked/informed!
♠ Did your child go on a class trip that they can’t stop talking about?
♠ The teacher helped your student learn how to study for a test. As a result, the student’s test scores are improving.
♠ Has your child’s behavior improved as a result of the teacher’s efforts?
♠ Did the teacher do a fun experiment or game in classroom exercise that helped your student learn the subject matter?
An example thank you from student to teacher
I reached out to a teacher as part of my research for this post. At his school, the 8th grade Language Arts have students write a letter to the teacher who meant the most to them while in middle school. He said, “Coming down to my mailbox and finding a stack of those inside is always heart-warming and makes me feel I made the right decision to become a teacher”.
Here is one of the letters he received. Your words and your student’s words are powerful. They give the teachers encouragement and positive affirmation.
Teacher Thank You Note Tips:
♦ If the note is coming from the student, do not use the teacher’s first name. Use Mr, Mrs. or Ms. or however they refer to the teacher at school.
♦ Use the note as a genuine way to thank the teacher. Resist the urge to “suck up” to the teacher.
♦ Thank the teacher as situations occur instead of waiting for Christmas or end of the year. Teachers like encouragement all year long!
♦ The note does not need to be a novel. Three or Four sentences will do! If you have a lot to say, a longer note is fine too.
Teacher Thank You Note Examples:
Note: replace items in brackets as appropriate it.
From the Parent:
Dear [teacher name],[student’s name] is really enjoying your class this year! He/She is excited about all the interactive projects you do with the class. Your efforts are appreciated! [student’s name] is learning more about [class subject] than ever before!
Hello [teacher name],
Thank you for teaching [student name] how to study for a test. She has been a weak test taker for years and I haven’t been able to find a way to help her. Your method is working. Her test scores have improved in not only your class but all other classes as well. The time you have spent with her will change the course of her life.
Best Regards,[Your name]
You have been a huge blessing to my family. Because of the extra time you have spent teaching [student name] the “new” way of doing math, the stress in my household has reduced considerably. My husband and I still want to do it the “old” way that we learned in school. We are very thankful that [student name] now fully grasps the concepts and can do his homework on his own.
Dear [Teacher Name],
Thank you for making [class name] interesting! [Student Name] is enjoying your class so much that he does his homework on his own and is excited to share with us what he is learning. He also wants us to visit the museum that you took the class too. This is the most excited he has ever been to go to school. He loves your class! You are an excellent teacher!
Mr. and Mrs. [Your last name]
From the Student:
Dear [teacher name],
Thank you for helping me with my math assignments. The way you’ve been able to explain things to me after class has helped me a lot. I am finally understanding algebra!
Thanks Again,[Student Name]
Dear [teacher name],
I loved being in your class this year. The way you teach makes [class name] fun and interesting to learn about. I wish you could be my teacher for every class!
Thank you,[Student Name]
(from a younger child)
Dear [teacher name],
Thank you for being my teacher. I had fun and learned a lot. You are the best.
Dear [teacher name],
Thank you for all the support you’ve given me throughout high school. You are an excellent teacher and I will be going on to study [subject] name at college because of you. Will you please attend my high school graduation party? [include party invitation in envelope)
You may also like:
A Thank-You Note to My Daughter’s Kindergarten Teacher from the Huffington Post. It’s a touching article!