Those darn teacher blues…you know what I’m talking about! There are just certain times of the year where the morale in your school seems low and everyone needs a little boost. Here are some ideas that the teachers from the Lucky 2nd Grade Teachers Facebook Group have put together! Enjoy!
1. Cart Full of Sunshine
Want to brighten everyone’s day? Try out a “Cart Full of Sunshine”! A few decorations, some soda and chips are all it takes to transform a regular cart to a morale booster for the school! Chips and soda not your thing? Get creative with other themes like a trail mix cart, ice cream bar, popcorn vendor, or fruit cart!
2. All About Me Page
At the beginning of the year, have all the staff members fill out an “All About Me” page that include things that they like and dislike such as candy, drinks, restaurants, pens, etc… Put all of the pages in a binder and leave the binder in the teacher’s lounge or workroom so if you want to get someone something, just take a look at that sheet! (You can also leave it in the main office so it is available to parents if they want to jump in!) If you are feeling extra ambitious, transcribe it to a Google Document so that is it available and easy to access at all times!
3. Copy Fairy
For those of you teachers who have to pay for paper or ink, take on the role of a paper fairy and leave little stacks of paper, cardstock, or colored paper on the machine or in the copy room with a note for anyone to use. A perfect, easy way to brighten someone’s day!
4. You’ve Been Mugged
This one is an easy teacher favorite! You can grab a mug at any dollar store (or just circulate one mug), fill it with little goodies, and place it on a fellow staff member’s desk. Be sure to include a note with instructions to refill the mug and pass it along!
5. Soup-er Bowl Potluck
When football season rolls around, invite everyone bring a soup for a “Soup-er” Bowl Potluck staff lunch around Super Bowl Sunday!
6. Secret Car Wash
Coordinate a group of parents to get to together to wash all the teachers cars during the day while they are in the parking lot!
7. End of the Year Restock
Donate extra supplies or decorations to another teacher’s classroom. If you know the teacher is coming back the next year, it is absolutely NOT lame to give them school supplies — extra pens, pencils, markers, tissues, antibacterial wipes, you get the idea!
8. ‘Atta Girl/Boy
I saw this at a school. There’s a board where people leave “atta girl” or “atta boy” notes about faculty members. It can be anonymous and it’s all positive.
– Ana G.
9. Tree of Thanks
Hang up a large paper tree on the bulletin board in the lounge to start off the “Tree of Thanks”. Any time you want to thank someone in the building for something (even small or silly things!), you write it on a leaf and pin in on the bulletin board in the lounge. It’s really encouraging to read all of those notes!
10. Pizza Time
Want to treat the teachers to lunch but have a small budget? Order a few pizzas for the team. This surprise is always met with smiles, and bonus, you don’t have to pack a lunch either!
11. Clean a Common Area
12. Random Acts of Cleanliness
13. Stock the Fridge
Grab a big pack of soda, pudding, or granola bars and leave them in the staff fridge with a “Free” or “Please take one!” note. Nothing like a simple free snack or treat to boost the morale of your day!
Join the Lucky 2nd Grade Teachers Facebook Group for more great ideas and be a part of our wonderful community of teachers just like you! And if you’d love to boost your own morale with some fantastic hacks that will simplify your teacher life, check out THIS POST!