have a way of making learning come alive for a class of inquisitive
minds and give so much of themselves in the process. When it's time
to give back to a teacher, the following gift ideas get high marks.
in many school districts spend their own money on visual aids,
bulletin board materials, math manipulatives, stickers, awards,
certificates, and other such classroom supplies. Donations of these
materials or a gift certificate from a teachers' supply store or a
bookstore would make great gifts for teachers.
teachers that loan books from their private libraries, give
personalized bookplates or an embossing stamp. Additions to their
libraries would also be appreciated gifts.
an exceptional teacher for a teacher-of-the-year award or another
roomy tote bag or folding cart for lugging supplies. After all, have
you ever seen a teacher with his hands free?
sock or lab apron would be a useful gift for a teacher who likes to
get her hands (but not her clothes) dirty on the job.
books about such subjects as holiday customs around the world,
science or math concepts made easy, or indoor play activities.
sincere letter of appreciation to a teacher who is doing a great job
or who has been especially helpful or sensitive. Send copies to the
teacher's principal, the school superintendent, and the school
of the standard gifts of food, perfume, and bric-a-brac, try some of
these suggestions from the National Parent Teacher Association.
teachers (that would like to attend) with tickets to a lecture or
workshop at a local college.
resource file of parents with special talents and experiences and
that are willing to share those with the class.
flower arrangement or potted plant delivered to the classroom.
teachers spend quality time on the important aspects of their jobs
by volunteering to do one (or more) of the following: locate and
reproduce copies of work sheets for the classroom; design and
construct classroom and hallway bulletin boards; prepare and
possibly instruct art or holiday class projects; help the teacher
organize paperwork for the students; or work with the teacher to
produce a weekly parent newsletter to send home with students.