I know that I’ve had parents ask me what types of gifts I would like to receive, but it just seems, well rude to put in requests for things. Even though, as a gift giver myself, I always ask the intended recipient what they would like and honestly, I become a bit annoyed when they are vague or say nothing. Hmm… I’m going to have to consider that.
As I was perusing the internet today, I came across some things that I think would be EXCELLENT gifts, so I’ve decided to write them down so that when a parent asks me in the future, I’ll always have a suggestion. The items below contain affiliate links, but all of these items are things I truly would like to have!
Personalized office supply products. For example:
I hope this helps those of you searching for gifts for your classroom teachers, but remember, the best gift is a student who is ready to learn every day!
It’s getting close to test season, so I made sure I had my order of shiny pencils in. I know I’ve spoken about these before, but they’re just my favorite! Every time I use one during a staff meeting, someone comments on them. Aside from giving them to my students to “up” their test mojo, I give them as gifts throughout the year. Students aren’t the only people who are enamored by the shininess! I love to include them as a small gifts with cards that I hand out during the holidays – taped right to the front. They always bring a smile. I’ll keep a special stack to the side for writing final drafts of any writing assignment. Aside from being awesome to look at, they’re really great pencils. Of course, they’re Ticonderoga! The price fluctuates, so I keep my eye out and check in with Amazon just to see if it’s time to replenish my supply. Sometimes, they’re out of stock, but I still order them to get the great price – it’s worth the wait!
I absolutely 100% believe that kids need recess - a LOT of it. However, I live in Phoenix and it gets hot here in the spring - that means after recess I not only have amped up kiddos to calm down, but they are FRAGRANT - and not like a flower! I've tried so many things - Fabreeze, sprays from Bath & Body Works, plug ins and NONE of them helped. Thank goodness for my coworkers - they always come to the rescue! Not one, not two, but THREE other fourth grade teachers use oil diffusers in their classrooms. Not only do I love my team, but I really respect the opinion of each of these women as they are all incredibly informed, health conscious and very aware of what is best for their (and my) kiddos.
Do you have a student who has trouble with their "motor"? They have trouble slowing down and keeping focus for more than a few seconds? Well, I have a few of those kiddos in my room and I was looking for a quiet activity that did not involve the use of technology. I remembered when I was younger, I loved playing the number puzzles game and I found one at a local craft store in the game bin. This has been a hit! Students will sit quietly and perservere until they are able to put the numbers in sequential order. The time it takes them to complete the task also seems to be about the same amount of time their brain needed to rest. Win-Win! The student is having fun, challenging themself with no other reward than a job well done. I am going to invest in a classroom set of these for next year.
Elementary Teacher/ Teacherpreneur
Specializing in creating PowerPoint Presentations to accompany any/all lesson plans, but particularly for
Engage NY Math/ Eureka Math for kindergarten, first grade second grade third grade
and fourth grade.
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