Gifts/Notes for students at the end of your St Teaching?

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  1. Topsy

    Topsy Rookie

    Dec 3, 2014
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    Dec 4, 2017

    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.
  3. viola_x_wittrockiana

    viola_x_wittrockiana Comrade

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    Giving your class pencils is a perfectly appropriate gift. That's what I did. I gifted my co-op with a 50-pack of pencils all decorated in the school colors. I think your co-op is just trying to reduce the amount of time spent sharpening pencils. At that age, kids will use a dull pencil as an excuse to get up/waste time. She may take it to the extreme, but I wouldn't expect offense at a gift of supplies. If you don't want to risk it, bookmarks are an alternative, or chunky erasers.
  4. AlwaysAttend

    AlwaysAttend Fanatic

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    I wanted to go the fun route at the end of my student teaching. I bought all the kids two games of bowling and shoes.
  5. Ms.Holyoke

    Ms.Holyoke Connoisseur

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    Jun 15, 2018

    I know this is an old thread, but I did give my students individualized notes at the end of my student teaching. I got the idea from the other student teacher who taught English at my school. It took a lot of time but it was a good idea because I think a lot of students enjoyed reading them. We had one student who refused to talk to me or my mentor for a few months. She read her note, seemed genuinely happy, and said thank you. I also brought my students mini cupcakes.

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