How appropriate is this?

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  1. pwhatley

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    Well, my time in third grade is drawing to a close, and I think I will actually survive the experience. Interestingly enough, my last day is the day Pearl Harbor was bombed! Could that be a cosmic statement about my kids or my teaching abilities? LOL

    Oh, and my cooperating teacher is trying to get a new job as a reading specialist (after over 30 years in the classroom), and her plan is for me to just slip on in her place, since I already know the students, material, etc. Don't tell anyone -- I don't want to jinx it! :whistle:

    Just out of curiosity, what do you think would be appropriate gifts for my cooperating teacher and my students? I also plan to send thank you notes to the coordinator and the principal. Or should I do more for them as well? I'd love to read your input!
     
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  3. eduk8r

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    Pwhatley, CONGRATULATIONS y FELICIDADES on making it through your student teaching!!!! :) It is really cool you might get to keep the place you have there.
    Gifts, I gave my master teachers photo frames for their grandchildren, which they put to use at once since they had photos lying around everywhere. :) Students, just little gift bags with some little trinkets and maybe candy or gummy fruit packets?
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    Pearl Harbor didn't bomb, dear: it was bombed. There's a difference. In any case, you seem to me less likely to bomb than to be Da Bomb.
     
  5. MissFroggy

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    When I was student teaching, I made a little note for each child. I wrote what I enjoyed about them and a hope for them. I don't even remember if their was a gift. If there was, it was very small or unimportant. The note was the part that was meaningful to me. I do the same thing now for all my kids for the holidays and the end of the year.

    Let's hope you get the job! How wonderful, in a time where many are endlessly job searching.
     
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    If you're looking for something for the kids, try www.orientaltrading.com

    I got each of the kids in my homeroom a small Christmas token there: candy cane striped pencils and a candy cane striped eraser (Our kids take trimester exams right before Christmas, so they're always looking for pencils and erasers this time of year.) That and a small candycane each, and I'm good to go.

    For your cooperating teacher: How about something from Bath and Body works? (big sale now: lots of things are 5/$25) Of course you know her best. But there are tons of great sales in the next week or so.

    for the Faculty room, How about a big bowl of Hershey's Hugs and Kisses? Relatively cheap and appreciated by all.

    And I would send a thank you to the coordinator and the principal. It sounds as though you've had a great experience!
     
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    When I've had student teachers, they got me gifts that they knew I could use: gift certificates to our local knitting shop, gift certificates to the hair salon/spa that I frequent, gift certificates to a book store (or even books they thought I would enjoy). These were nice, but even nicer were the letters they wrote telling me how I had helped them become ready to enter the profession with confidence.
    I don't remember them giving the kids gifts (of course, I teach jr. high, so that is a bit different). They may have done so, but I just don't remember it.
    DEFINITELY send those thank yous to the coordinator and the principal. They could be good references in the future! (Besides, it's the right thing to do.)
     
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    ha ha da bomb.... takes me back!!!
     
  10. pwhatley

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    Ummm, TG -- read again, please! I said the day Pearl Harbor WAS bombed! LOL & thanks anyway!
     
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    A few months back, someone posted a link on here to a clipboard they had made. It was AWESOME! It had colorful paper decoupaged on it and the teacher's name and then colorful ribbons tied around the hole in teh clip part. If anyone could dig up that link (I can't find it!), I think that would be a great gift for you CT.

    You could get the kids gift certificates to Scholastic, good for one free book on their next book order. For the life of me, I can't find them on the Scholastic site now, but I know they are there, I just saw them last week.
     
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    I don't want to jinx you either, but I just want to say congratulations! Hopefully you can just step right on in.
     
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    congrats on finishing. I just wanted to put in my two cents in on little gifts for students....

    My biggest pet peeve is giving out candy, or any food item really, unless you know that every single student in the class can have it. One of my own children is a type I diabetic, and hoidays and special occasions are HELL for him becuase all his teacher and the parents bring in candy/cakes/high carb foods/sodas/juice and all kinds of other stuff he can't have. I've gotten to the point where I just keep him home or take him to work with me on days I know there is going to be a party, but I digress...the point I'm trying to make is this: If you're going to use food as a token gift double and triple check that there aren't any allergies or other food problems in any of the students. The little ones that can't have chocolate or nuts or whatever will usually feel rotten if everybody gets something but they can't participate.
     
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    Oh, absolutely, mmswm! I have been fortunate in that I was present when each parent brought their child to the class for their first day in 3rd grade. We have one girl who is lactose-intolerant, and one boy who cannot handle red dye. As long as I keep those two things out of the equation, my class is okay. If (and I mean rarely) I give out candy, it is usually Jolly Ranchers, and I make sure that the young gentleman mentioned above gets and "acceptable" color. That is something I can share with the kids -- I, too am diabetic, and when they have their "regular" Jolly Ranchers, I can have one of my sugar free ones as well!
     
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    When I student taught in first grade I took each child's picture and cut out just their head. Then I glued each picture to a cute piece of Winnie the Pooh paper (from a notepad) and wrote their name underneath. Next to their names I wrote what they meant and had them laminated so they'd last. I can't remember what I did for my cooperating teacher.
     
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    In one of the classrooms I was in I made a gift bag ( small) filled with little items..A lifesaver for helping me through my journey, a rubberband for meing flexible, a hug and kiss for being so wonderful, a smartie for working so hard, yata yata yata you got the idea .....it was very cute and I added an foam orniment on the top of the bag with a picture of me with the child.
     
  17. Freebird

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    If your CT does not already have the book, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Phillip Done, it would be a great gift ~ especially since you are in third grade! You could write a note to her on the inside cover.
     
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    I created a story book based off of the students in the class and shared it with the class when I left my student teaching experience. Each kid got a copy of the book I wrote and illustrated (through clip art and pics I took while I was in the class). I have been teaching for 5 years now and still have the book. I love to reflect on that class. They were a great group. I gave my co-op teacher a gift certificate to a book store. She was an avid reader who also loved to add to her classroom library after she read adolecent novels.
     

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