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Discussion in 'General Education' started by YoungTeacherGuy, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. TrademarkTer

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    The department chair/supervisor could do it if he or she wanted to. I would assume that person knows most of the math courses.
     
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    This makes sense, actually. Thank you for your insight.
     
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    It would be difficult for anyone no matter the level. This is why she taught enrichment lessons from her own repertoire, adjusting delivery for level of students. It was sort of like having a guest speaker (teacher) many teachers use from outside. Students were shocked the principal could be a teacher. And it was because she didn't try to one-upmanship teachers or look at their plans that made it a relaxed, non-threatening event.
     
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    Oh I love this idea! And another bonus is that you don't have to spend any money!

    I of course would appreciate the thought behind any gift, but I see the lunch tote thing being similar to the lanyard thing. Don't most teachers already have a lunch bag that they like? The 31 brand is really popular at my school. Our district gave out lunch bags at our opening kickoff one year, and I never used mine, along with most teachers at my school. I really like the personalized one I already have. Even a brand new teacher is very likely to go buy one before the school year starts because they know they'll need one.
     
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    I’m so happy you have a supportive P. That really goes a long way!
     
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    A gross of pencils.
     
  7. MrsC

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    Last year, on the first day of school, we all went into our classrooms to find a rose and a personal note on our desks.
     
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    I would appreciate this kind of gesture more than any “thing” my admin could give me.
     
  9. otterpop

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    I'd really appreciate that too.
     
  10. phillyteacher

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    Our administrators give us occasional "coupons" for office supplies - a certain dollar amount and then we fill out the slip with what we'd like to have ordered under that dollar amount. We don't have the supply closet like you described so it's especially appreciated.
     
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    A handwritten note would be my top gift of choice. Beyond that, I also love coffee gift cards or edible things. School spirit wear is also always appreciated!

    Anything else, I don't have much use for, unfortunately. Cups and tumblers at least get used, but I don't really need any more. I take a huge water bottle plus all kinds of snacks, so I have more of a small cooler size lunch bag than is traditional.

    Also, thanks for doing anything at all! I love when our admin recognize us, even if it's just with a free jeans Day. It really does boost morale!
     
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    I've never been given a gift from a school administrator. The most useful gift was from a PTO - it's a 4.5-inch tall white plastic mug with my name hand-painted onto the side of it and was filled with an assortment of pens, markers, scissors, etc. Over 30 years later, I still have it on my desk at home - a touching daily reminder of my time at that school.

    I'd be happy just to be treated to a delicious catered lunch!
     
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    Food is wonderful to have too. I love having lunch or breakfast provided.
     
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    Not all of us are fortunate enough to live in districts/areas where parents can afford to give gifts at the end of the year let alone during the year. It is the thought that counts.
     
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  15. YoungTeacherGuy

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    The caterer is use is a former parent of mine. All 3 of her kiddos were in my 2nd grade class, so I get the red carpet treatment when she comes to my site to set up a luncheon.

    We just did handwritten cards during Teacher Appreciation Week, so we’ll wait on that. I love morale boosters!
     
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    One year we all received Expo markers in nontraditional colours (i.e. NOT blue, black or red). You'd think the principal had given us all cars. We were all super excited about our purple, pink and orange Expos.
     
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    YTG, I bet you're making many teachers here envious! I'm curious - did you learn about "ways to optimize worker productivity" in your administrator credential program? Like you, I too focused on developing mutually-shared respect, support and trust among the entire staff. High five!
     

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