10 Ways You're Guaranteed to Steal a Teacher's Heart

10 Ways You're Guaranteed to Steal a Teacher's Heart
 ways to a teacher's heart cover - Bored Teachers

For the most part, we teachers are pretty simple people. It doesn't take a whole lot to make us happy. Our salaries can vouch for that! But if you really want to know the true path to a teacher's heart, this list will give you a pretty good idea. In the words of Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation (one of my favorite shows): "Treat yo' teachers!"

1. Don't wake them up early on the weekends.sleeping in on the weekends - Bored Teachers 1

With the amount on our minds during the week, the hamster needs to jump off the wheel and recharge a little. Do both us and yourself a favor by letting our biological clocks be the joy killers of our Saturday and Sunday mornings. Don't get any whimsical ideas that we might jump up and go for a jog, or anything crazy like that. Take the kids to the park and just let us sleep!

2. Push in every random chair you see, whenever you're around them.push in chairs - Bored Teachers 2

In case you haven't already noticed, teachers are maniacs when it comes to chairs not being pushed in. We could be at a restaurant with friends and start pushing in random chairs on the way out. So if you don't want our quirky "teacher-brains" to get all worked up, just push in some chairs, especially yours!

3. Treat them with a wholesale quantity of coffee, tea, soda, or whatever their choice of caffeinated beverage is.caffeine - Bored Teachers 3

While some fitness-enthusiast and health-conscious teachers may not be victims of the caffeine addiction, most of us are, and for a darn good reason! Teaching is exhausting. A bottomless supply of whatever gets us through the day is one of the most practical gifts.

4. Go for nice, long walks down the school supplies aisles of Target.school supplies - Bored Teachers 4

Whether it's from Target, Walmart, Staples, or The Dollar Store, there's a special place in a teacher's heart for school supplies. We always use them and we can never have enough!

5. Never leave the copier jammed or out of paper.copier jam - Bored Teachers 5

When there are 10 minutes left in a free period or prep time, and the copier is jammed or out of paper, this could be the breaking point of a teacher losing their sanity. So whenever you have the chance, don't ever let that happen. You might just be the hero that saves a stressed-out teacher from a mental breakdown.

6. Offer to supervise their classroom for 5 minutes, to give their bladders and brains a breather.bathroom break - Bored Teachers 6

It's the little things in life that go the longest way. The simple pleasure of having the opportunity to use the restroom when needed, is something that teachers appreciate more than you could ever possibly imagine.  

7. Always keep a bottle of wine or beers (or whatever their preferred choice of nightcap is) on ice for when they get home.wine time - Bored Teachers 7

Don't judge. We're not alcoholics. A glass of wine each day is filled with all kinds of health benefits. Sure, so is yoga and meditation, but who has time for that! After a long day of whining students and never-ending staff meetings, it might just be the only thing that helps us cope with the daily struggle. We're only human.

8. Surprise them with their own, brand new laminator!laminator - Bored Teachers 8


There's not really much to say about this. Teachers love to laminate all things. Class lists, labels, name tags, flashcards, original worksheets, hall passes, brag tags, you name it, we laminate it. It's just what we do. Any questions?

9. Get them a gift that reminds them how important their job truly is.

10 Ways You're Guaranteed to Steal a Teacher's HeartBuy this t-shirt HERE!

A thoughtful gift with an empowering message is one thing a teacher will always be able to keep and cherish, more than apples, chocolates, or flowers!

10. Book them a therapeutic foot massage (you can't imagine how much they need AND deserve it!)foot massage - Bored Teachers 10

Teachers are on their feet all day, pacing the classroom, up and down the hallways, it takes a toll on the old dogs! A foot soak, foot massage, or even a comfy pair of shoes can be just what the doctor ordered for a hardworking teacher.

What did we miss that you think would lead one straight to a teacher's heart? Let us know in the comments below!


bored teachers blog

Other Posts You'll Also Love:

Mom's Rant About Giving Teachers More Credit Will Make Your DayMom's Rant About Giving Teachers More Credit Will Make Your Day

This Floor Stops People From Running in Halls and Schools Need it So BadThis Floor Stops People From Running in Halls and Schools Need it So Bad

6 Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sanity At Parent-Teacher Conferences6 Tips to Help You Maintain Your Sanity At Parent-Teacher Conferences


  • Anna

    I went to my favorite teacher and just handed him a bag, complete with a personalized mug, a box of Russel Stover and a huge card telling him how freaking amazing he is. Little thing; looooong way.

  • Christy

    Surprise a teacher with lunch. A hot lunch and time to eat it is priceless.

  • Susan

    Coming to your school play, paying for ticket without complaining, bringing his son along, taking you and your daughters out to dinner afterwards, complimenting your production. That stole my heart when he did that.

  • Laura

    A student saying “thank you”.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

You may also like View all