Give of your time. Covering a lunch duty, making some copies, or helping organize a cabinet can go a long way in showing you care and appreciate all that they do. Supporting people’s efforts by attending a game they’re coaching or chaperoning the dance they’re sponsoring can also make a big impact.
Write a personal note. Nothing gives teachers a boost like finding a card on their desk and reading something genuine and specific about how great they are. Choose a few people that may have fallen off your radar lately or try to write a few every day if you want to include everyone.
Go public. For some people, public praise takes the cake. Being recognized in front of colleagues or a manager makes people feel valued and like they’re making important contributions. Be specific, though. A general, ‘you’re doing great’ can ring false and be almost awkward when shared publicly.
Thank a loved one. Think of how touched a teacher would be if you call or send a note to their parents or significant other telling them how much you appreciate the efforts of that teacher. One of my former managers did this and it was such a pleasant surprise and so thoughtful that she was recognizing all aspects of my life and not just my work.
It’s the little things. One of the teachers I used to coach remembers a time I brought her a coffee on a stressful day above almost all of our other interactions. Even if it seems small, thoughtful gestures that show you’re paying attention and notice people’s needs are often the most meaningful.