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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2006 08:33:38 PM »

She never said anything bad about the gifts

My mom was never that nice - at least one child a year got the 'yeah, his/her parents SHOULD get me something good!' when their present was opened.
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2006 02:09:33 PM »

Cards and drawings by the children are my favourite thing to receive!  I can store them flat, and as i've usually taught the kid to write its name, having them sign stuff is cool! 
My mother in law is a teacher too, and she still has a drawing of her dog signed by the kids she taught 15 years on!
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2006 05:09:24 PM »

As a teachers-aide, I think what I would love most would be for a parent or two to organize 1 present from a large group, or even everyone in the class. Something that the children made together, or something that they've all signed would be a great way to remember all of them, and easier to store than 24 individual things.
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2006 06:32:53 AM »

Wanted to clarify my earlier response to this.  I tend to make all of the teacher the same "type" of gift but we definitely individualize each one.  I also have that child help make the present for his/ her teacher.  I do appreciate what they do for my kids and try to give things that are creative and unique and won't be tossed right after the holiday.  That being said this year I have a 6th grader, my first.  He has 4 or 5 different teachers, do we give gifts still?  Or is it weird?  Our primary school is very small and family like but my older son's school is bigger, suggestions? Thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2006 06:46:58 AM »

I taught 6-9th grades for years. Not all students give gifts, and those who do tend to really like that subject or that teacher. There are some "token-because-I'm-giving-everybody-one" gifts, but in general, most gifts at this age are given because it's the wish of the child, not the parent.

Interestingly, I'm in the give-everybody-something class, though I do give different gifts to each teacher! My 7th grader gives input into what she wants to give and to whom, then I fill in for the other teachers with something I just think they'd like! Explain THAT, if you can...!
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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2006 06:56:51 AM »

As a teachers-aide, I think what I would love most would be for a parent or two to organize 1 present from a large group, or even everyone in the class. Something that the children made together, or something that they've all signed would be a great way to remember all of them, and easier to store than 24 individual things.

Yes, one meaningful gift from everyone, instead of dozens of trinkets!  My sister is a 1st grade teacher and gets all kinds of crap and candy every holiday from most of the kids.  She would love it if, just once, the class would get together and buy her a gift certificate to Staples so she could get more supplies for them (her budget is tiny, and she winds up having to pay for things like crayons and construction paper herself).
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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2006 07:29:07 AM »

Amen. I always wanted an unabridged dictionary for my classroom so the kids didn't have to trek over to the highschool wing to use the library's. Never got it. Would trade every ornament in my attic for it, still! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2006 08:43:48 AM »

My daughter is in 6th grade and my son in Kindergarten.  Katelyn has had teachers that requested classroom supplies or craft supplies - I loved those!  I cleaned out my craft stash twice that way, it was great.  As for classroom supplies - I made a trip to the dollar store and spent $20 and put it all in a basket.  I know it's always appreciated. 

For her only male teacher last year we made a fleece scarf with pockets on the ends.  He wore it every day and said it was great to put his keys in the pocket and not forget where they were!
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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2006 09:16:25 AM »

wow! what a big difference in opinion for teachers. but some teachers should remember that it is the thought that counts. i think that it is really helpful to get to know your childs teacher. try to spend a little time to get to know them. it will not only benifit you for gift giving, but it will also benifit your child. i recently found out that my oldest(2nd grader), her teacher and the teachers husband are both really into wine making. i was thinking about giving her a really nice cheese tray. i would go to my local itilian store and pick up some unusual cheeses for them to try. hopefully they will enjoy that.
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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2006 11:40:43 AM »

wow! what a big difference in opinion for teachers. but some teachers should remember that it is the thought that counts.

Oh, I do agree with you -- but the problem is that not many parents/students put as much thought into their gifts as you clearly do into yours.  Too many people wind up grabbing a "Best Teacher Ever" mug or chocolate sampler, when the five bucks they spent would be more useful and appreciated.  So, if parents don't have the time or inclination to get to know the teachers well, a group gift certificate is a great way to go.
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