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Teacher Appreciation Letter

Let’s appreciate our teachers by writing them the perfect teacher appreciation letter. Imagine the joy it will bring your teacher. Nothing is better than to show a little love and thanks for teacher appreciation!

Although teachers put an inordinate amount of effort into preparing students for their future, their contribution is sometimes overlooked. Older students, in particular, such as those in middle or high school, may not realize how many teachers regularly give up their free time in order to provide the student with the help or assistance they need.

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So, what’s a teacher appreciation letter?

This help comes in many forms: teachers may provide emotional support and stability to students who are dealing with difficult issues at home; they may use their own finances to purchase classroom equipment and spend days or weeks trying to obtain funding on behalf of their students; and teachers may devote additional time to students who require extra academic help.

Whilst students may sometimes overlook the sacrifices teachers make, teachers themselves may forget just how important their contributions are. With teachers under constant time pressure, there is rarely an opportunity to assess the impact you’re having on your students as individuals and to celebrate the success your effort brings.

Although teachers should be recognized and celebrated by colleagues, peers and the community as a whole, it is often the words of students which have the most profound effect. When pupils take the time to jot down a note of thanks or a letter recognizing the impact a teacher has had on them, it can show just how powerful a teacher can be.

Students may include a range of things in their letters, such as:
  • How the teacher helped them throughout the school year
  • A topic they now understand because of the teacher’s efforts
  • How an teacher encouraged or motivated the student
  • Whether they have applied skills learned in the classroom to other areas
  • How the teacher has helped them to progress in further education or the workplace

Teacher appreciation letter examples

To highlight the beneficial effects teacher appreciation letters can have, we’ve listed a sample of student thank you letters below:

Dear Teacher,

When I first started taking your lessons, I was scared of you and sometimes dreaded the next class. Nothing seemed good enough and you refused to accept my assignments if they weren’t done to the best of my ability, which drove me crazy.

Even though I gave you a hard time and earned a few detentions, you kept encouraging me to work harder and kept telling me I could achieve more. After weeks of being told off and kept after class, it seemed easier to just do the work the best I could and it paid off.

You taught me how much I am capable of and what I could achieve if I was willing to put the effort in. This is a lesson I am using in so many areas of my life now and it is helping me to achieve all sorts of targets I never thought were within my reach.

Thank you for making me do my best and for never giving up.

Grade 11 student.

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Dear Sir,

We made it!

I never thought I’d understand math and knew it was something I’d always struggle to do. Even though I was behind the other students and wanted to just give up, you kept reassuring me that I could learn what I needed to and that I could pass your class.

Without your help I wouldn’t have had the confidence to try, as I was scared other students would laugh at me when I got things wrong. You made me realize it’s OK to make mistakes and that we only learn by getting things wrong a few times first.

Thank you for all your help this year. I never thought this day would come but I’m so grateful it has!

High school graduate

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Dear Miss,

Thank you for making school fun and for letting us run around in the morning. I like drawing best but I have fun all the time in your class. I will miss you next year and hope you can stay my teacher forever.

Kindergarten graduate

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Dear Sir,

I hope you’re well and still enjoying teaching at Rockcliffe. I’m sure the students are still as frustrating as they were back when I was in your class!

I wanted to write you and tell you that I graduated with honors and now have a bachelor’s in physics! If it wasn’t for your lessons in grades eight and nine I never would have considered science as an option but you made the subject so exciting and stimulating that I knew it’s something I wanted to continue studying.

Throughout college I spent a long time considering what type of job I wanted to get and which skills I could develop in my future career. After a lot of soul-searching, I knew the right path for me was teaching and I have you to thank for that.

In your lessons I saw how creative and inspiring teachers can be, and I gained first-hand experience when it came to understanding the impact one teacher can have on his or her pupils. I am so grateful for the lessons you taught me – both the scientific and non-scientific ones and I only hope I can emulate your style in the classroom one day.

I’m due to begin student teaching in the next few weeks so I will let you know how it goes. I think standing in front of a class of students is going to be more nerve-wracking then I realized!

Once again, thank you for everything you’ve done for me and for all your other students. The impact you’ve had and continue to have cannot be overstated.

College graduate

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Dear Teacher,

When I first met you I didn’t want to be in your class and didn’t think we would get along at all. I was right. I didn’t understand the way you explained assignments and we had a few heated discussions about why we studied some topics.

I still think some of the subjects we had to do were a waste of time but I want to thank you for taking the time to explain things to me in a way I understood. Letting me present my assignments instead of writing them was really helpful and made me feel more confident in class.

After you helped me to get an assessment I found out I was dyslexic and this explained why I got so frustrated in class. Even though I still struggle with reading and writing, I have learned new ways to remember spellings and I’m getting better at it all the time.

Thank you for helping me, even when I didn’t really appreciate it, and thank you for making sure I got the extra help I needed.

Grade 10 student

Summary

With a whole range of ideas and resources available, there are numerous ways students can remind their teacher of the positive impact they’ve had on them, and teachers are always sure to appreciate the thanks they get.

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