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« on: May 19, 2011 12:23:15 PM »

After two tough years in high school, my daughter finally hit her stride, mostly thanks to some amazing teachers. They seem to get that they are teaching STUDENTS, not just a subject.

I wanted to do something nice for each of the seven. Now, I was a teacher. A middle- and high-school teacher. I have a box full of apple gifts upstairs that I still laugh about. When I taught in public schools (like this one), I got VERY few gifts at all, even apples, but I liked them when I got them, so even though it is high school, I sent teacher gifts on this, the last week of school.

The art teacher got this frugal coaster set. I would have loved this in my writing classroom, even if the little coasters were something like $2 at CVS a couple weeks ago.

I just used Publisher to make each temporary (?) insert showing part of a famous artwork, with a quote by the creator:

My favorite!!

In their box:


Most of the teachers got record bowls full of really useful supplies like dry-erase markers, post-it notes, colored paper clips, room scent, etc., that you just can't have too many of:

Her Talented and Gifted teacher also got a gift card to a restaurant in hers.

The creative writing teacher got a quickly created fleece and felt Alot in her bowl, after I found it here and shared it with her, she taught her students using the link!



Next year I'll have TWO highschoolers. Any ideas for then?!
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2011 01:54:55 PM »

Both my kids are in high school too. The teachers are so happy when someone thinks of them. Usually it's just the elementary teachers that get the gifts.

For Christmas I sent coasters made out of scrapbook paper on bathroom tiles and a jar of homemade jelly. For teacher appreciation I sent another jar of jelly and the women got a soda can cozy and the men got magnets made out of little bathroom tiles. I just printed black clip art onto colored card stock and modge podged it. They turned out really cool. I made a set based off the art for the Book Theif book, they were my favorites!

Even the smallest gifts that show appreation is awesome. I can't imagine teaching teenagers. Whew!
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2011 02:20:05 PM »

Wow! What generous gifts. I'm sure they really appreciated the thought and effort that went in to creating these packages.
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2011 07:03:56 AM »

Those are GREAT ideas, kriSmith! Did you use tissue paper on the tiles, or regular? (I've heard both ways, been afraid to try either!) I can see some school mascot or subject-area clip art going over really well. Thanks for the idea! I've never sent jelly, but that's mostly because I can hardly make enough to keep around here...I think they DRINK it or something!

Thanks, LimeRiot. You're always so encouraging! Smiley

(The Fresh Strawberry Cake--a famous cake by a local bakery--went over really well, too. I took it to the office workroom and sent an e-mail invite...they showed up pronto!)
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2011 09:30:57 AM »

I just used regular scrapbooking paper. The design on it was light so it didn't take away from the clip art.
It was super easy.
Here are my magnets.

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2011 12:05:09 PM »

These are so terrific!  My husband teaches high school and grouches about how the elementary school teachers always get such better treatment from parents.  I bet your kids' teachers LOVE you!  And it's obvious you put a ton of effort and thought into each one.
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2011 12:30:42 PM »

I guess the tradeoff for not having to deal with runny noses is no gifts?! Wink When the kids were in elementary, I used to do a classwide "needs" list...interview the teacher about wants/needs for her classroom (plus a few personal preferences like lotion, gum, etc.) and pass it out to all the kids. I did it through the first year in middle school, then the PTA took it over and all the teachers get it now. (THere was honestly some serious jealousy that some teachers were getting TONS of "just right" gifts while the others were getting practially nothing. Odd.)

The high-school teachers' interaction is nearly 100% with the student (not parent), so I just went with what I used to love...classroom supplies. (My husband said we got a raise when I quit teaching...I now spend that money on craft supplies, so I'm not sure he's right...!)

Wish your DH "Happy Summer" from me!
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2011 01:48:57 PM »

Wow!  You really put a lot of thought and work into those gifts.  The Alot is sooo cool.  I love "Hyperbole and a Half!"  As a High School teacher, I know we rarely get "thanks" much less awesome gifts like yours.  We don't do it for these reasons, but it really, really, really helps!!!  

For next year, what about a gift card to a book store?  And, I still wear some home-made jewelry and socks from past students.  Picture frames, especially those magnetic ones.  A nice tissue-box cover?  Heck, a box of tissues?  Costco membership??

Thank you, on behalf of all teachers!
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2011 02:40:06 PM »

I really like the idea of a gift card to a book store! I tried to get DD to help make gifts, but she had multiple AP exams, ACT, etc. and kept meaning to do something...!

Thanks for the great ideas!
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2011 08:33:31 PM »

Aislynn - Ask your husband what kind of crafty things he would like to receive as a male teacher. The men are hard for me to come up with things for. I made magnets for them. But how many magnets and coasters can they use? I would love "guy" ideas.
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