I often struggle with gifts for students. I definitely over-think things, trying to find exactly the right match for each individual student, trying to be environmentally and budget and time friendly, and (frequently) vastly over-estimating my crafty quotient. My favorite gifts are always books, but I wanted a little splash of Even More Special on top, so here's what I came up with for my fifth graders this year.
I decided I wanted to focus on the possibilities for students as they move on to middle school, and into the larger community and the world - and that became my theme. I wrote this free verse poem:
I found some cute globe squeeze balls and chocolate kiss stickers with a travel theme online. The globes have countries with labels, and the stickers have messages like "The World Awaits" and "Let the Adventure Begin."
Of course, I found a book for each student, too . . . because those are wonderful adventures.
Wishing "my" students a fond farewell as they leave elementary school and take on new roles and challenges! I will miss you, and at the same time, I am thrilled for you. Thank you for sharing this part of your path with me this year!
Teacher Appreciation Week is drawing near, and while I hate to violate etiquette by appearing to anticipate gifts, I see online questions like this all the time: what is a good gift for the teacher(s) in your life?
Time and money are precious, and, while any gift is a kind gesture, I hate for families to have to spend either on objects that may go unused. It's understood that not everyone has the means or inclination to buy or do anything, and that people will make choices that best suit their beliefs and situations. Here, without pressure or expectation, are my recommendations for gifts teachers love.
I've had the privilege of working with hundreds of students and families in IA, CT, NC, MO, TX, and Canada. I love being a teacher-librarian!