Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at my son's school. I would like to hear from some teachers about some gifts they have received that they really appreciated; or if anyone has any ideas on what I can purchase or make, please let me know.
Marnita from Cumming, GA
What about a gift card from a teacher supply store? Teachers end up spending so much of their own money on supplies and classroom things. This is something that would be better than a little knicknack dust catcher. (03/14/2006)
I taught for 30 yrs. My favorites were gift cards to almost anywhere, coffee and a muffin on my desk on the morning, homemade cookies, invite to a homemade pizza dinner at my student's home, homegrown produce, or classroom supplies. No-nos-anything Avon, anything with apple designs on it, or knick nacks to be dusted. (These things are sure to be sold at my yard sales). (03/14/2006)
I would suggest either a gift card to any store that sells craft items or school supplies. If your teacher has a classroom pet, a gift card to a pet supply store is nice. We have also given gift cards to book stores and to restaurants. If you want to give presents, please give supplies (pens, pencils, markers, even stationery). Most teachers really don't need more Avon, Mary Kay, and the like. Nor do they want knicknacky things (most of the teachers I know either donate them or put them in yard sales). And as far as homemade goodies go, save those for the teacher appreciation lunch or breakfast. I know several teachers who are diabetic, or on diets and just do not want another dozen cookies. (03/14/2006)
Gift cards are great even to Walmart.
You could also do a basket with goodies from a teacher store, notepads, stickers, pencils, etc.
Or, buy a Blockbuster gift card for $5.00 and add microwave popcorn and soft drinks with it. (03/14/2006)
Our city has Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates which can be used at almost any merchant in town. Those are what we usually give as a class gift. For our own, I give homemade food, bread, pancake mix, home grown eggs, stuff they can use and get rid of. They'll appreciate the gift, yet not have to feel guilty getting rid of it someday.
You need help with innovative ideas on what to do for Teacher Appreciation Week? I can help you out. I found this website teacher-appreciation.info which has all the possible information you would need. Apart from giving ideas and suggestions on how you could make your teacher happy, this website also has a space where you could put in something about your own teachers for everyone to read. This could in itself be such a wonderful gift for your teacher.
And if you are looking for just general information like something about the great teachers in our history or you want to tickle your funny bone with some student teacher jokes, this website has it all. I would say there is something in it for everyone. And well, if you think you have some much better ideas for felicitating your teacher, go ahead and post it in "Your Ideas" section on Teacher-appreciation.info. Let the world know your ideas and benefit from it too.
Our school provides the best teacher appreciation week. Each day a different grade level is responsible for providing snacks and goodies for the teachers lounge. We always have a ton of food. One year we all received corsages made from one mom! This year we were surprised with 15 minute massages for each teacher. A therapist came in to our building for 2-days and gave each teacher a 15 minute massage. It was wonderful! (07/10/2006)
My three friends made something for our teacher. We bought some fruit each, I bought grapes, 1 bought oranges and the other bought apples.
Then 1 bought a nice plate, the other bought flowers and I bought chocolate. 1 of us then found a massive card and we all split our money to pay for it. We wrote a message each on the card and wrote our names on it. My friend got a tooth pick and wrote a message on a piece of paper and pinned it to the apple. We put all our items on the nice plate and put purple cellophane around it and tied it with a ribbon!
Hope this helped. (10/24/2007)
What I love is when my students send me a note or an email if they like my class. That cheers me up, and I keep a folder of those. "Appreciation" doesn't mean gifts. It means, "Hey, if you think we're doing a good job, feel free to drop us a little note". I just want to put my two cents out there because this issue has been bothering me, especially since I work in a depressed area. I'm a teacher, and I would like to go on record as an opponent to this forced gift-buying/food making for teachers. I don't think that my students' parents should buy me things. I care a lot about my students, but I'm not a volunteer, I get paid for my job and I don't feel "neglected" if people don't buy me stuff. Most of my students have less money than I do, and I want them to use their money for themselves and their families, not for me. (10/28/2008)
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