Teachers are undoubtedly the backbone of society. Shaping young minds and educating them is no small feat, which is why their efforts deserve to be appreciated. This World Teacher’s Day, whether you’re a teacher or a student, celebrate the strides teachers have made in making the world a better place.
Gather up the teachers and students at your school, and together, organize some fun learning and bonding activities that everyone can do together. As you’re trying to hype students up for the new school year with a back to school flyer or two, let them know how important celebrating your teachers is and how big of a difference teachers have made to their lives.
In this blogpost, we’ve put together some fun and educational activities that teachers and students can partake in together to celebrate World Teacher’s Day. Check them out below!
1. Do an arts and crafts project
If you’re a teacher, for the week leading up to Teacher’s Day, organize an arts and crafts project to get all your students involved. And to decorate your entire classroom in time for Teacher’s Day. Dedicate an hour or two everyday in which you and your students work on your project and in the process, learn more about the day itself.
Bring in chart paper, markers, glue, streamers, and anything else that you might need. Then, have each student create a giant card in which they talk about some of the following things:
- Who their favorite teachers are
- How a teacher has significantly improved their life
- What they look forward to learning everyday
- A teacher from any point in history that inspires them
Decorate these cards with pictures of students and teachers together, fun stickers, streamers, and more. At the end of the week on Teacher’s Day, put up all the cards on a “Teacher Appreciation Board” in the hallway so everyone can see. Students can also make special cards for their favorite teachers that the latter can take home as a cherished souvenir.
You can provide your students with templates that they can fill out with information and decorate. You’ll find incredible World Teacher’s Day templates on PosterMyWall. Simply pick a few that you like, pass them around your classroom, and have fun.
2. Throw a Teacher’s Day class party
What’s more exciting than a group of students coming together to celebrate their teachers and show them how much they mean to them? If you’re a student, take an initiative to organize a surprise party for your teacher on Teacher’s Day. Of course, make sure you get permission from the class administrator before you go ahead with this.
Once the plan is a go, have all your classmates pitch in by bringing food from home. You can even get parents in on the action by having them make some delicious pasta or pizza, or scrumptious desserts like brownies, cookies, and cake pops.
If the party will be a surprise for the teacher, set it up outdoors so that he or she doesn’t suspect anything throughout the day. Once you’re ready for your party to start, bring your teacher outside. A good way to go about this would be to set up an outdoor picnic, especially if the weather is nice.
Put on some music, invite other faculty members, lay out a nice spread on the grass, hang up some balloons on trees, arrange some games and you’ll be good to go.
3. Show a fun and educational movie
This Teacher’s Day, use the magic of Hollywood to teach students about the significant contributions made by teachers. Use the last couple of periods at school, bring in some popcorn, and play a special Teacher’s Day movie for your students.
Here are some movies to choose from:
- Dead Poets Society (1989)
- School of Rock (2003)
- Freedom Writers (2007)
- The Karate Kid (1985)
- Chalk (2007)
- The Chorus (2004)
- To Be And To Have (2002)
- Not One Less (1999)
- To Sir, With Love (1967)
You can end the movie session with a heartfelt discussion with your students about how teachers have impacted their lives, or ask them to write a letter to a teacher (can be anyone from their lives or a movie character) who changed their lives.
From Dead Poets Society (1989)
4. Organize teachers vs. students games
A little friendly competition between teachers and students might be just the thing you need at your school. Have the school administrator send out a mass email to the entire faculty and student body, announcing the games. People should be able to sign up to be on teams for different games.
Then, do a mini sports day on Teacher’s Day. Let the teams know when they’ll be playing, invite the rest of the students to watch, and bring in the school coach to act as referee. Here are some sports you can play:
Needless to say, all games should be teachers vs. students. At the end of the day, tabulate the combined scores for all the games played, and award a trophy to either teachers or students. Wrap up the day with some pizza and music.
Whether you’re a teacher, a student, or an administrator, you can use the ideas above to make this World Teacher’s Day extra special at your school. Whatever idea you choose to run with, remember to keep it fun, heartfelt, and educational. All these ideas will require some time to prep so make sure you start planning them at least a few days in advance.
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