Teacher Appreciation

July 2023

Hello Friends,

During the summer months, school leaders strategically plan to ensure a smooth and successful upcoming school year. While their primary focus is on academic planning, student engagement, and administrative tasks, school leaders also need to recognize the importance of planning fun and engaging activities for the teachers.

With this in mind, let's talk about dice!

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There are lots of ways to incorporate dice to make activities fun and/or competitive.


If you are planning activities where you want teachers to give input or share their thoughts on various things create a point sheet. After they share with their group, they roll the dice to see how many points they get, and record their points on their point sheet. This doesn't sound like a big deal, but as competitive as we tend to be, this will quickly turn into fun.

I did this during a book study. I had centers set up and the teachers rotated through the centers. Four centers had a reflection component based on something they read in the book. After they shared their reflection with their group they rolled the dice to see how many points they got and recorded them on their point sheet. Two centers were set up with carnival type games. The teachers would play the game and the winner of the game rolled the dice to see how many points they got and recorded them on their point sheet. The person with the most points after all of the centers was declared the winner.


Create a list of "get to know you" type questions and number them 1 to 6. Have your teachers roll the dice and answer the question that correlates to the number they rolled. Here are some questions you could use:

  • If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would buy?
  • If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
  • If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be?
  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What is your favorite aspect of your job?
  • What is the most adventurous thing you have done?
  • What is something you have accomplished in your life that you are most proud of?
  • What is your favorite way to relax and recharge?
  • If you could choose your own personal theme song, what would it be?
  • What is something you use to get in trouble for as a child?


There are a lot of different dice games. Think of ways to incorporate them into your professional development sessions. (You can find a long list of dice games and how to play them on Wikipedia.)
Incorporating dice into professional development sessions adds an element of excitement and encourages active participation.

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I am available to work with district and campus leaders on teacher appreciation and teacher retention. If you would like me to come work with you and/or your district let me know. You can find more information about presentations and workshops on my webpage.

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Thank you for loving teachers,

Kathleen Eckert

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