Teacher’s Appreciation Week is coming up fast, friends! It falls on Tuesday, May 5th this year but people celebrate the entire week —May 4th through the 8th.
It’s always nice to get a little something for your child’s teacher to show them that they truly are appreciated.
I polled a group of teachers, former teachers, principals and school staff and asked them this question:
What would you truly like to get as a gift for teacher’s appreciation day? Is there anything you’d wish parents would rather not buy for you? Here’s what they had to say:
Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas
-Gift Cards for Coffee, Lunch, or a nearby Bookstore or Teacher’s Store.
-Homemade fruit basket.
-Things they can use in the classroom.
-“I was given a clipboard decorated with bright colored paper and had a picture of the class on it.” ~A (Principal)
-“One year my class secretly collected money to go toward a gift card for a massage. I was so surprised!” ~A (Principal)
-“I got a recipe book from a student one year. She had written them herself. It was a nice gift.” ~F (Teacher)
-Try and stay away from sweets and chocolate. “There is so much of that floating around schools that it’s hard to steer clear already.” ~A (Teacher)
Know what your child’s teacher likes or is into:
-“Parents that knew what I liked got me things I collected. They even took time to get to know my favorite things.” ~C (Former Teacher)
-“I received a plastic cup decorated by a student with stickers and cold diet cherry coke and a three musketeers candy bar. My two favorites!” ~A (Principle)
-“Some of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten didn’t really start out intending to be gifts. They are letters or notes from my students telling me something that they like about me, my teaching, or the way they felt being in my classroom. They are great pick me ups that are kept and read over and over again.” ~Ann (Teacher)
Do teachers really save those letters, coloring pages, and the handmade gifts your child gives them?
“I still have a book one of my students made me. I keep it on my book shelf. She’s getting ready to graduate high school. I loved getting letters written from students and their artwork (some even framed it for me).” ~S (Former Teacher)
“I have saved cards where students just wrote me a simple letter.” ~A (Principle)
“I kept the meaningful gifts. I still have a few and I haven’t taught in 10 years or more.” ~C (Former Teacher)
“Most of all I’ve just been very touched when parents have bought me anything. Truly it’s the thought that counts.” ~A (Teacher)