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Best is relative and it it reflects the philosophy and characteristic of the person. If my students would give me a gift, the best one I would like to received is that they plant a tree for me. It may be a fruit-bearing or just a shade-provider. It doesn't matter much as long as it is a tree. Trees have symbolized education. It speaks of the aspirations of both students and teachers. It reflects the gargantuan noble tasks of teachers, their love for their work of guiding and mentoring young minds, and many other aspects of shaping a wwholesome person. It talks a lot about the entusiasm of students in discovering the world and themselves. They can plant trees in places they choose as long as they can see it grow and touch it and enjoy.
A note to my principal, from parents with specific examples of how a student has become more inquisitive, conversational, or has enjoyed being engaged as a learning team member under my care.
a hug from the child... a thank you note from the parent!!! We don't often receive thanks from our parents, but we certainly hear criticism when they aren't happy!
Thanks to all the Teachers out there. I don't know how you do it every day!
Many of you have noted just how important a simple note of thanks is to make a teacher's day. Even better are notes written on cards made by kids with a mission to raise money for schools and teachers! Worldwise Education's Artwork for Education started with a mission to help teachers who so often spend money out of their own pocket to fund field trips and buys supplies. A portion of every one of our card goes back to the artist's schools. PTA, schools and kids love this fundraiser. The best part is that our cards are also sold in stores, such as Whole Foods, and online. No matter where they're sold, they raise money for teachers.
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Sehnita Joshua Mattison
This was something I thought about when I was a pre-service teacher, making lists of thoughtful gift ideas for my mentors. IMHO, little acts of thoughtful consideration are the best types of gifts. Certificates for supplies or a local bookstore or coffee shop are nice, but often just saying thank you and showing appreciation for what we do goes a long long way.
My favorite things I have gotten from students/parents have been letters. I have saved every letter and note I have received from kids in my 28 years, and on really bad days, those letters help me remember the days that went well. They don't expire, go rotten, break... letters are my favorite gift - and they cost nothing!
Teachers give the gift of education to our children. The best way to show our appreciation is to do all we can to ensure our children actively accept, enjoy, use and appreciate the gifts teachers are trying to give them.
the excitement and energy of students who enjoy the learning process
Gift certificate to a book store or Amazon.com.