we usually give consumables as teacher gifts. i imagine that most teachers are inundated with “stuff” each year, so our go-to gifts are usually gift certificates to teacher supply stores, their favourite package of tea or coffee, or something along those lines. something they’ll use up and not be burdened with having to store, donate, or toss (gasp! they don’t do that do they? i think some might.). we always include a handwritten note of thanks. my friend tara recently had some great teacher gift ideas as well.
here is another little idea if the kids want to give something handmade. we got some of these little birdhouses from the dollar store.
the kids painted them, and we filled paper bags with seed.
that’s it, nothing fancy. they’re all set to go.
such a small gift really, for such important work. i know that teachers aren’t always found within the confines of school walls, or defined by a piece of paper that says they can teach. that certainly sets them apart and i know many have worked hard for that piece of paper. yet the best teachers i remember are the ones who didn’t just teach well, but who also inspired me to learn more, and be more…
who were your most influential teachers? i’d love to hear your stories. i’m feeling reflective as we’ve reached the cusp of the school year and are ready to tumble in towards summer vacation…© imadeitso, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to ana at imadeitso.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.