As a second year Girl Scout leader working with Daisies and Brownies, I have come to appreciate the classroom management skills of my children’s teachers. Working with a group of girls that are not my own kids every other week for 1 1/2 hours can be daunting. I can’t use some of the tools I keep in my back pocket for dealing with my kids like taking away electronics.
While I’ve been known to yell at my kids like many moms who reach the end of their tether at the end of a long day, yelling has no place in working with other people’s children. Instead, I watch the teachers I know and use their techniques for managing groups, and making sure everyone can participate freely and fairly.
We have been blessed with fabulous teachers for my 5 kids. Being in a small Catholic school of 300 kids does help with developing a close relationship with the teachers. We chat often, and I love hearing their perspective about my kids. I love any opportunity to tell my children’s teachers how much I appreciate their hard work.
National Teachers Day May 6th
Tomorrow is National Teachers Day, a moment to show appreciation for your child’s teacher. While you may not have time to whip up some of these ideas for tomorrow, save them as an end-of-the-school-year thank you gift for your child’s teacher.
Stuck for ideas for teacher appreciation? Ask your kids what they think their teacher would like. Involve them in making the gift, or ask them to write a note or draw their teacher a picture.
Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Here are some of my favorite ideas for thanking a teacher:
- Write a note to the teacher.
- Food – check for food allergies. Usually the school secretary has this information.
- Gift cards – Starbucks, gas, Staples, grocery store, favorite clothing store. The homeroom mom often has information about the teacher’s favorite stores.
- Use Shift My Gift to give a gift to their charity of choice in their name – they may have mentioned something, or you can check with the school secretary or homeroom mom
- Donate a book to the school library in the teacher’s name.
- A small plant for the classroom.
- “Thank you for helping us become “Sharpies” and “Smarties.” – Tin filled with Smartie candies and Sharpie markers.
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