If you can, find a teacher that is willing to kiss a pig for donations. Or you can have 4 teachers volunteer and the teacher with the most money gets the opportunity.
Tell the students that if you raise a certain amount of money the teacher will kiss a live pig at the next pep assembly. At the event, sell pictures of the teacher smoochin’ the pig for a buck apiece. Students love it, and lots of staff will contribute to the funds as well.
Skyview High School Denver Colorado USA
Teacher recognition gifts are a great way for your council to thank the staff for their hard work. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the result you want.
We gave our teachers a Lipton Cup o’ Soup in their mailboxes with a note that said we had “Souper Teachers!” It was a neat thank you that the teachers could put in their desk for that day when they are running late or forgot their lunch.
For our staff appreciation activity we decided to take the party to the staff. Several students put together small loot bags with treats and goodies to be presented to each staff member. They included pencils, care bears with “you care about students” messages, etc. Then, each student was to find out three neat things about the staff member who they were an ambassador to. They found this information by talking to other staff or students. (You have to teach them how to be tricky and find out this information without giving away the activity.)
During class time the whole ambassador group put on party hats, carried a CD player with party music, blew party horns and went through the hallways dropping in on different staff members. We tried to meet them in their class or in an area like the office where other people could watch the “party”. The student who collected the three neat things would read these out to the group and present the staff member with his or her treats. This would be followed with lots of cheering and then we would move on.
I couldn’t believe how popular this became. Staff wanted to know when it would be their turn. It created a real buzz in the hallways and staff room. Many staff later commented to me how much fun it was and what a difference it made. Maybe it could be a hit in your school too!
From: Brent Dickson
Sherwood Community School,
Calgary Board of Education
It can get pretty tame running the same old door decorating contest each festive season. Try decorating your home room teacher. All of our participants had the opportunity to win a massage with a local therapist. Teachers got “decorated” by their students and went down to the cafeteria for a parade. Yes, the teacher on the left was plugged in with an extension cord! Those classes that did not decorate their teacher, got to stay in class and learn something.
from: Dave Conlon
Elmira District Secondary School
We treat our teachers to Room Service after the exam period. They have a day at school without classes for a between semester turnaround, so student council provides a “breakfast in your room” treat for them. Prior to this day, we supply an order card for them in their mailboxes with the following note:
Report Cards are finished, Parent-Teacher Interviews are over, and it’s time for you to relax and enjoy some breakfast on us!
Where will you be during Period 1 on [date]:
Room Service Menu:
Please take a look at the following choices and pick out a few things for breakfast. We will be delivering this to you during the time above.
A listing of all the possible choices from drinks (hot and cold) to asides to entrées is provided. Student council members then deliver breakfast to their room.
from: Dorothy Karlson
Bow Valley High School
We have nomination forms in student activities, and we promote this at least once a week on the morning announcements to remind students. Basically, students can nominate any staff member they feel goes above and beyond the call of duty – whether it be an amazing lesson, a little extra slushy in the glass or countless hours spent after school with a team or club. Student nominators are asked to provide a short written explanation of why their nominee deserves the recognition, and the explanations are always a joy to read!
We try to recognize those staff members who aren’t always in the spotlight. Our spirit council members review the nominations once a month and often bring names forward to council to assist with the selection process. We then select one teacher, snap their photo and put it in a display case in the lounge area along with a short bio and some quotes from the nomination form. It’s a nice way to recognize staff AND motivate them to stay involved.
from: Greg Todd