I feel really weird/bad about something that happened earlier. Basically, I was getting ready to go home. I had laid out the gifts I got that morning from my students. Nothing big, just a couple mugs, a necklace with a snowman, body lotion and a pen that says, "First Grade Rocks!" All cute. (which reminds me...i gotta get some thank you cards!) Another teacher came in my room, saw my gifts and was like, "What...did you send a note home or something for gifts?" I laughed a little and joked, "I've just got it like that I guess". And. She. Started. Crying. Big alligator tears. I was shocked and I didn't know what to say. The teacher began to rant. She said, "I don't understand it. I'm a good teacher too! I give out stickers. I work hard to meet everyone's learning needs. I stay after everyday. I give out treats. I don't talk to my kids like dogs the way a lot of teachers around here do. I really care about them. I even got them all Christmas goodie bags with nice stuff from Oriental Trading. And all I got was two gifts. I told her not to be upset because at least the kids were thinking of her and she got something. I worked at a school where the parents were upper class and I rarely if ever received (or expected) presents. Edit: I think I also told her that the kids aren't required to bring anything so whatever we get is extra. I also mentioned that since we teach at a title one school, a lot of the kids parents don't have much money. But she remained upset and said, "Then why did they give YOU so much stuff?" I really didn't know what to say or do. I gave her tissue and a hug and tried to tell her that I'm sure all her hard work is appreciated and not to be upset, but she finally was just like, "Whatever, you don't understand" And she left. :help: What do I say when i see her tomorrow? What was I supposed to say when we talked today?