The following article comes from Seda Yaman, English Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Turkey.

There is no doubt that teachers are the backbone of the education system, dedicating their time and expertise to nurturing young minds and shaping the future. In my previous blog post, I mentioned the role of the teacher in the effective learning process. It is an undeniable fact that teachers can leave unforgettable traces in the lives of students.

So, what is the most important factor for the teacher to establish a healthy relationship with the student? Can a teacher without internal motivation make his/her students happy or contribute positively to the school climate? In this blog post, we will explore the significance of teacher appreciation in schools, discuss the benefits it brings, and offer practical ways for educational institutions to show gratitude and support for their teaching staff.

Most teachers complain about the tireless efforts and state that profound impact of teachers often go unnoticed. When teachers feel appreciated, they experience a renewed sense of purpose, leading to increased job satisfaction and a more fulfilling teaching experience. Appreciation also fosters stronger teacher-student relationships, enhances collaboration among colleagues, and contributes to a harmonious learning environment. Ultimately, the ripple effects of teacher appreciation positively impact students’ academic achievements and overall well-being.

I am of the opinion that schools should establish mechanisms for recognising and celebrating teachers’ accomplishments.

5 simple ways to make teachers feel appreciated

1. Say thank you!

A heartfelt thank you goes a long way in making teachers feel valued. Take the time to write a personal note or email expressing gratitude for their efforts and the positive impact they have on students’ lives. Recognize their achievements by highlighting their accomplishments in staff newsletters or during staff meetings. Publicly acknowledging their hard work and dedication boosts morale and fosters a supportive school community.

2. Celebrate growth and professional development

Supporting teachers’ growth through professional development opportunities is a powerful way to show appreciation. Offering workshops, conferences, and training sessions that align with their interests and professional goals allows teachers to expand their skills, stay abreast of educational trends, and feel valued for their ongoing development. Creating a supportive and positive work environment is crucial for teacher well-being and appreciation.

3. Encourage feedback and shared decision-making

Encourage teachers to share their ideas, opinions, and feedback and demonstrate that their input is valued. Implement mechanisms such as suggestion boxes or regular feedback surveys to actively seek their input and involve them in decision-making processes. In doing so, you empower teachers, fostering a sense of ownership and appreciation for their contributions.

4. Create a supportive working environment

Teachers often face numerous challenges and pressures. Creating a supportive work environment is crucial in making them feel appreciated. School leaders can establish clear lines of communication, offer regular opportunities for feedback, and provide resources and professional development opportunities to ensure that teachers feel supported in their professional growth. Additionally, fostering a positive and collaborative teacher community can help alleviate stress and create a sense of belonging.

5. Support work-life balance

School management should recognize the importance of work-life balance and support teachers in achieving it. They can offer flexible working hours, encourage self-care practices, and provide resources for stress management. Demonstrating concern for teachers’ well-being sends a powerful message of appreciation and support.

By implementing simple yet meaningful gestures such as expressing gratitude, creating a supportive work environment, recognizing milestones, encouraging feedback, and supporting work-life balance, we can show our teachers that their efforts are valued. When teachers are motivated, they bring enthusiasm, creativity, and a genuine love for their subject to their students. Motivated teachers inspire a thirst for knowledge, foster critical thinking skills, and create a supportive and engaging learning environment.

Let us collectively celebrate the dedication, passion, and hard work of our teachers, ensuring they feel valued, supported, and appreciated for the transformative role they play in shaping the lives of future generations.


Seda Yaman, English Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Turkey.