“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)
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.
..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.
“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.