Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

I roasted coffee for most of E.'s teachers/support this year. Spoiled the surprise by checking with them first to make sure coffee was the right choice and if they have a coffee grinder, but now I know for the support people he's likely to have for at least a couple more years.

I give gifts to E.'s classroom teacher and pull-out teachers, plus his case manager. Then I roast and grind a large batch of coffee for the staff room with a general note of thanks to all. I've done gift cards at times, though I will then have E. make a special card holder.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

What a great idea, Mouse! I like the idea of a collective gift all can benefit from, plus some more individual gifts. I think for the end-of-the-year I will give the whole resource room a gift card to a nearby restaurant , and then some smaller gifts. We will owe a big round of thanks once elementary school is done.


JohnROSS's picture JohnROSS

Looks like some fine teacher gifts. I have no idea why food would be a no-no, or anything else for that matter. wouldn't that depend on the teacher and one's relationship with?


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think it totally depends on the relationship with the teacher--absolutely. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules at all...


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I struggle with who to gift at school...every year. As a secondary teacher who rarely got anything from students, I can assure you that most teachers appreciate any token of appreciation. It makes a stressful time of year more fun. I can't ever understand teachers who get tired of "too many" gifts. If it was something that you wouldn't or couldn't use, you can always donate it unused. I'm always grateful for anyone who thinks of me with kindness.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I can't imagine a teacher who could get tired of any gifts, either--I know I would be happy with anything a student could give. And this is what I've heard from other teachers, too.