Math = Love: Superlative Certificates for Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Superlative Certificates for Teacher Appreciation Week

Yet another Teacher Appreciation Week has come and gone. In the six years I have spent in Drumright, we have never celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. Usually, these celebrations are organized by organizations such as the PTO, and we do not have a PTO. This always made me sad and more than a little bit jealous when I would log onto Twitter for a straight week to see all the amazing gifts and free food and sweet notes that teachers across the country were receiving each day.

I would think to myself that my school was the ONLY school not celebrating. Of course, I know this is not true. I saw enough twitter comments last week to realize that I was definitely not the only teacher feeling this way. A few years ago, I decided to do something about the fact that our school didn't celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. As a single teacher, I can't do much, but I can do something. In 2015, we wrote Teacher Appreciation Acrostic Poems. In 2016, we wrote "You Are Appreciated" Notes. In 2017, we wrote about our favorite memories in each teacher's class and compiled them into small booklets of appreciation.

As Teacher Appreciation Week rolled around this year, I didn't feel like I should go the typical route of notes written to teachers since I already did that for Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day! So, I decided we needed to change things up with superlative certificates.

I did a lot of googling and compiled a list of superlatives for my students to vote on.

Most Likely to Break Out in Song and Dance
Most Artistic
Best Smile
Most Inspiring
Most Quoteable
Most Likely to be Mistaken for a Student
Most Likely to Accidentally Be Called Mom/Dad
Best Taste in Music
Most Likely to Not Give Homework
Most Likely to Brighten Your Day
Most Likely to Become President
Most Organized
Most Caffeinated
Most Energetic
Best Personality
Most Memorable
Most Supportive
Best Dressed
Most School Spirit
Best Story Teller
Most Likely to Create World Peace
Most Enthusiastic
Most Friendly
Best Advice Giver
Most Likely to Win a Rap Battle
Most Likely to Travel the World
Most Likely to Win Jeopardy
Most Likely to Make it on the Big Screen
Most Likely to Bring a Pet to School

Students were given a voting sheet to vote on each of these 30 categories. I also gave them a list of the 24 teachers/staff members who work in our building. Students were required to vote for each person in the building at least once.

If you work in a bigger school, it might not be feasible to give every teacher an award. But, knowing that this was likely to be the only thing my school did at all for teacher appreciation, I knew that everyone needed to be given an award. This means that everyone from teachers to janitors to the principal were nominated.

After the students submitted their votes, I tallied up 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category. Some teachers won multiple categories, so I gave some of those categories to the 2nd or 3rd place winner. I wasn't sure if it was going to work out while tallying the votes, but each staff member did end up getting a superlative award!

After figuring out who won what, I typed up certificates to be hung by each person's door to their classroom/office. I'm not sure exactly how much the teachers appreciated the certificates since only one teacher sought me out to say "Thank you." Of course, many of the teachers likely had no idea where the certificates even came from. I didn't do this to get any appreciation from my coworkers; instead, I did this with the hopes that I could do something to brighten their day.

Even if I don't know what my coworkers necessarily thought, the students LOVED it! I heard so many conversations in the halls about which teacher won which award. They talked about it ALL WEEK. So I definitely think this year's Teacher Appreciation activity was a hit!

Want the file for the certificate I created, I have uploaded it here. You will need Publisher to edit the file. Additionally, you will need to make sure you have the following fonts downloaded: HVD Comic Serif Pro, Century Gothic, and Folks.

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