Another gift question...your opinion is appreciated

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  1. MrsThrasher

    MrsThrasher New Member

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    I recently moved to a new area and I am in the process of finishing my degree. I am wondering if it would seem weird to give a small gift to teachers who I spend a day or two with during my field experience/observations.

    I will visit 30+ classrooms over the next three semesters before beginning student teaching. It is my inclination to leave something small for the teacher in each class I visit, however I know this isn't standard practice. I would like to express my honest appreciation for the teachers who allow students in their classes as well as leave the teacher with a reminder of who I am in hope of making a lasting impression. I am new to the area and also hope to begin substitute teaching in January.

    I only hesitate because I don't want to make a teacher feel uncomfortable.

    I am currently leaning towards a hand written thank you note paired with a personalized bottle of hand sanitizer for the class and a small bath and body works lotion for the teacher.

    I appreciate your opinion and any advice on a gift that would be appropriate.
     
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  3. readingrules12

    readingrules12 Aficionado

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    I like your idea of a hand written thank you note. All teachers would appreciate that, if they don't then we know we have aliens on our planet.

    Personalized bottle of hand sanitizer is nice, lotion would probably work for a female teacher...I am not the one to ask about that. If it is a male teacher a small gift card such as $10 to Target or Best Buy would be something that be safe and appreciated by any male teacher.
     
  4. JustMe

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    I think a note is nice. Something about the gifts make me a little uncomfortable, though. Being in a classroom a few hours just doesn't seem gift-worthy. :)
     
  5. bison

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    I usually give everyone a thank you note. If I spent a large number of hours there (like the teachers I've done 40+ hours with), I usually give flowers on my last day, and sometimes a little something for the students as well. I think that's appropriate and adequate. A note on its own is plenty. Giving nothing but a sincere thanks and a promise to return and help out in the future is the standard around here.
     
  6. Linguist92021

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    It depends how much time you spend there. A few hours doesn't seem like much, and some people might feel uncomfortable.
     
  7. 2ndTimeAround

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    I say just the note. And write it after your visit so you can include a detail from your visit.

    A pre-written thank you note seems forced to me.
     
  8. TeacherNY

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    I would also give just a note. I only gave a gift to my cooperating teacher when I student taught. I got her a nice box of chocolates (every day she talked about how much she loved chocolate) and she gave me a beautiful "teacher" pin!
     
  9. gr3teacher

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    As a teacher, I'd find it a little weird if a student teacher was in my room for 1 day and they got me a gift. A thank you card is fine.
     
  10. Melanie Therese

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    I agree with writing the note after the fact. Receiving a pre-written thank you would strike me as odd.
     

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