No…this is not one of the posts where I try to sell you gifts through my website. You will spend only your time reading it. The opinions are my own. They are not solicited.
Think about being a parent. What is the biggest gift you can receive from a grown child. For most of you that would be…appreciation. Parenting has many wonderful moments and many difficult ones. You have sacrificed time, lost years of sleep, worried night and day, and overcome hurt. At the end, you want your child to grow as a confident happy individual, and you want them to be able to appreciate parenting with the way they treat you and their own children.
Teachers are not much different. There is only one task more difficult than being a parent, and that is being a child’s teacher. We work with many children. Often the hardest kids become the closest to our hearts. While doing this we also need to learn to handle bureaucracy, parenting miscommunications, extra paperwork, low pay. At the end we want the same. The road to teaching a child often leads through many frustrations on the way. It is also that the best teachers experience more of these frustrations. They care more. As everybody is busy in the teaching profession, often teachers and their colleagues don’t find the time to slow down, reflect, and think about the positive aspects of their work.
Teaching does not offer an immediate reward. You plant a seed. Some children will be quick in learning. With others it may be years down the road to see progress. Often children think about certain teachers many years after they have graduated and they remember something about that teacher that has helped them.
In may cases that has little to do with the teacher’s content. Students remember the personal touch and the care they have received from a certain teacher. Teachers remember the same… It just happens to work in a different time line.
What is the best gift? A card, or better yet, letting the teacher know in person what they have done for you as a student or for your child! It is not about the material gifts.
My best teacher gifts? Having students who have graduated from my program come back and express gratitude and fun memories we have shared together!
My most cherished gifts? Honest notes from my students. I keep them ALL!
My dream teacher gift? Having students who have graduated come and work with my younger students or simply spend more time!