Well, it’s the end of September now… Your child’s teacher has written your child’s name dozens of times by now on papers and bulletin boards. Her hands and wrists may be sore from all her work. (I know mine were when I was teaching.) Your child’s teacher is likely in the middle of assessments and thinking of ways she can differentiate instruction based on all the needs of her children. She may be feeling nervous, over-whelmed… Maybe even a bit unappreciated. When is the last time you said something kind or did something truly thoughtful for your child’s teacher? If we want our teachers to stay motivated, we need to work as a team. Not only do they need parent volunteer support in the classroom, but the teachers need to feel cared for as well.
When gift-giving be sure to keep in mind that even though the teacher has the grace not to tell your child that the earrings you took out of your jewelry box that say, “You are special”, and you gave her because you won’t wear them aren’t really what she wanted, doesn’t mean you should go ahead and give it to her. Be as kind with your gift-giving as you would expect her to be in teaching your child. If you expect a lot, you need to give a lot.
Here’s a free, printable Teacher Gift Idea handout. Give it to the teacher, and after she fills it out make copies of it and send it home with all the children.