You have either already met your child’s teacher or soon will. Bring them something. Not to suck up or “get in good” with them. Do it because they have already spent countless hours away from their families (unpaid) to prepare for this school year. They have spent a chunk of change and time building resources that will inspire your child. They have read education blogs and books, searched for ideas on Pinterest, and attended hours of professional development seminars and workshops. Get them a token of appreciation for all that they have already done. Let them know that you care.
If nothing else, a note saying just that, would be meaningful. If you would like to take it a step further, a gift is a nice way to express this.
There are tons of cute ideas on Pinterest to gift to teachers. School supplies are always helpful.
If you aren’t sure what to get, or “crafty” is not a word that describes you, go with an Office Depot gift card.
Gift cards in general are very helpful. I like to keep it simple and thoughtful.
A plant is a nice gift for the beginning of the year as there are usually casualties of the plant variety over summer. This will also help add to the classroom environment.
I typically bring a bottle of wine and fancy chocolate. (Hey, it’s what I wanted as a teacher.)
Get to know them!
We want to know her birthday (and bring her a little something special when it rolls around).
We want to know favorite colors, what they collect, favorite part about teaching, favorite snack, morning drink, favorite restaurant, favorite school supply, one thing they don’t like, and anything else that would help support and care for her throughout the year. (Download and edit your own copy at the bottom, of the page)
Often times I will grab a stock of their favorites at the grocery store. If I notice them overworked I send some of it to school. My son has been acting up- send him with her favorite coffee. Been getting lots of great communication- send a favorite desert. Having trouble getting ahold of her (she is busy!)- send her a mini bottle of wine! Take care of them, support them. It is not a job. It is a calling.
I keep their special stock visible in a special place that the family knows is “hands off”. Seeing it helps me to member to send it to school semi-regularly.
Use all of those bags you have been collecting over the years to spruce it up a bit.
Don’t forget about the administration, because they regularly get many of the more challenging situations that arise, with less of the rewards felt in the classroom.
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