Is it customary for the student teacher to give the students gifts at the end of the student teaching placement? What about notes -- are individual notes frowned upon? I am in a class of 21 children, 2nd grade. One thing I'd like to do is give them a bulk box of Ticonderoga pencils. For some reason, there are no more than a dozen extra pencils in the sharp pencil basket, and those are getting pretty short. Also, there are some cheap, novelty pencils that never sharpen and/or break instantly. The CT is adamant that students use their pencils until they are basically scraping paper with wood before she allows sharpening. As I write this, I have a feeling I should not give them boxes and boxes of new, fresh, high quality pencils because I may be disrupting the way the teacher wants her classroom to work, or that she may take it as an offense. Any advice is appreciated.