Teachers work hard.
Think about it—how many professions get an entire week dedicated to celebrating just how outstanding its members are? Hopefully your students, their parents, and your building administrators (not to mention your own parents, friends, significant others, neighbors, baristas, yoga instructors, and everyone else you interact with on a regular basis) are thoroughly spoiling you this week. But sometimes, a little self-pampering is the best form of appreciation. So, in the wise words of Donna and Tom from Parks & Rec, “treat yo’self”!
Here’s eight ideas to hold your own personal celebration of you for Teacher Appreciation Week:
1. Schedule a spa day
This may be an obvious one, but really, who can argue with a fresh new haircut, relaxing massage, or luxurious mani-pedi? Pick an evening and make an appointment for the works at your favorite salon or spa. The “me time” is more than deserved.
2. Pack lunch—with your favorite take-out
Yes, you only have 20 minutes (hopefully) to shovel food in to your mouth before the kids come knocking on your door with questions, crises, or just a story they need to tell you. Squeeze as much enjoyment as you can out of every bite this week (and remove the stress of meal planning) by treating yourself to all of your favorite take-out meals instead of the usual leftovers. Even better, lots of restaurants offer educator discounts and deals for Teacher Appreciation Week—be sure to ask.
3. Binge watch without shame
How often do you get home from a long day in your classroom and stare longingly at your couch and TV, only to make the motivated choice and drag yourself into the kitchen to cook dinner, off to the gym for a workout, or right back out the door to run errands? We applaud your productivity (and generally encourage it) but this week, give in to the pull of relaxation. Throw on those sweats, curl up with a blanket, and shamelessly binge that show that’s been on your watchlist for months.
4. Splurge on new classroom supplies
It’s the blessing and curse of all great teachers—you never stop thinking about teaching. Embrace the obsession this week and spring for those cool new posters, art supplies, library additions, or flexible furnishing options that you’ve been eyeing for your classroom. Michael’s craft supply stores offer an awesome teacher appreciation discount!
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5. Organize a happy hour
It’s awesome to treat yourself, but it’s even more fun to treat yourself in the company of friends. And, who appreciates the labor of love that is teaching better than your fellow educators? Pick a brand new, extra tasty, super swanky, or tried-and-true restaurant (don’t forget to ask about those Teacher Appreciation Week deals) and round up your colleagues for a happy-hour or dinner. Laughter and stress-relief guaranteed to ensue.
6. Indulge in retail therapy
No, you should not max out your credit cards on a massive mall run. But, this week is the perfect time to make a big purchase you’ve been considering for a while, or simply find a couple summer additions for your wardrobe. Plenty of retail stores offer deals and coupons for Teacher Appreciation Week too!
7. Take a walk down memory lane
For all of the frustrating, stressful, and difficult moments in the classroom, there are just as many interactions with students that make it all totally worth it. And, you’ve probably got plenty of little tokens collected and given to you by students through the years as mementos. Get them all out, grab a box of Kleenex, and relive those endearing and self-affirming encounters.
8. Go on an adventure
We all need to break up the regular routine from time to time—it’s refreshing, invigorating, and helps us return to our day-to-day with new enthusiasm. So, treat yourself to the gift of a little adventure this week. Think of an outing you’ve been wanting to find time for—whether it’s visiting a museum, checking out a park, or taking a day-trip to a nearby town—and make it happen.
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