teacher appreciation week…through the eyes of a teacher

teacher appreciation week…through the eyes of a teacher

“Can you tell I have a lot of anger built up?”  My daughter asked last night as she labored over homework.

“I’m tired of homework,” she declared.   To which I replied, “And your teachers are tired of teaching.”   (speaking from 17 years of experience as a teacher)

Me as a student teacher, circa 1993

Exhausted is the only word that adequately describes students and teachers alike as another school year comes to an end.   So, the sweet gifts and treats that fill a teacher’s desk this time of year are great pick me ups.

My favorite part of Teacher Appreciation Week wasn’t the gifts themselves, but the joy in which the students gave.   They would come bounding through the door, barely able to contain their smiles, and with a twinkle in their eyes, announce, “I got a present for you.”

While I loved every treat, each gift card and all of the flowers, I was most touched by the sentiment.  The heartfelt words of thanks from a parent.  The hand written or drawn notes from the students.  The hugs.  The tears.  That is what made it all worth while.  It is what motivated me to finish strong each school year.

I know many of you are looking for ideas for end-of-the-year teacher gifts.   So,  I’d like to  share with you some fun teacher gift ideas that I’ve collected on Pinterest, as well of a couple of my favorites that I’ve received over the years.

This first idea is from Jen at Tater Tots and Jello.  She shared this as a guest post at Skip to My Lou last year.  Jen says,

..it’s always fun to give teachers a gift that they can use during the summer on their time off.

I like the way you think, Jen.

A sentimental gift, like personalized pottery, is always a good idea.

This pin was uploaded to Pinterest by Stephanie Giardina of Paint a Piece of Pottery

“One of my all-time favorite gifts was a scrapbook filled with individual pictures of the kids and their memories written in their own handwriting.  It was a tear jerker!”  ~Mrs. Hines

Any time I was treated to a Dr. Pepper was a good day!  Which is why this next gift idea from Tammy Mitchell Designs really caught me eye.

You can download the “soda-lighted” gift tags for free.

Our Best Bites got it right with this one.

Chocolate is the way to every teacher’s heart.  When I was still teaching, I may or may not have eaten a jar full of Reese’s cups all in one day.  😉

Another one of my favorite ideas is to get a plastic popcorn container and fill it with candy treats, popcorn and a gift card to the theater.

Just know that your thoughtfulness is what truly counts.  Appreciation is the best gift a teacher can receive.

Sharon

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  1. Great post Sharon! It was always fun watching my kids get out of the car on the day we send teacher’s gifts. They were always so proud. I REALLY did appreciate everything their teachers did for them. It takes a very special person to teach….just amazes me! Thanks for the FAB ideas! ~Tammy

    • Seeing that pride when the students walk through the classroom door is the best part! And parents like you who do truly appreciate their children’s teachers make a teacher’s job so much easier. It really makes a difference!

  2. Such a great post!! Thank you for sharing. I love both of my girls teachers and they go above & beyond in every single way. I want to ensure that the gift I give them is to show just how much we appreciate what they have done….
    Lynn recently posted…7 Random Acts of KindnessMy Profile

    • Thank you, Lynn. Even the simplest gestures speak volumes. I always love hearing that a teacher is going above and beyond. I know it’s not always the case, but it is usually the case. I hope people recognize that.

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