Discussion in 'General Education' started by schoolteacher, Jan 13, 2010.
Jan 13, 2010
Thanks for any suggestions.
Are they doing anything specific after retirement? We had a teacher who was finally taking a trip to Italy, so everyone pitched in for a very nice camera. Or does she/he like to garden? Or have any other hobbies they might be working more on?
Okay, I'm being silly here:
A Bon Voyage card, or even a Thank You card, signed by a number of teachers who are looking for work!
Jan 14, 2010
Restaurant gift cards
These are some I've seen:
- a bicycle (the teacher was looking forward to having leisure time to pursue her new hobby of cycling)
- a handcrafted necklace (commissioned from a local artisan)
- a stepping stone for the garden
- a scrapbook with memories of her career
- an annual membership in a "fine wine" club
All were very personal for the recipient
Jan 16, 2010
Our teacher said no gifts but we donated a tree to the school in honor of her. There is a little sign nearby and we invited any of her former students to write her a note and hang it on the tree. She loved it.
We have also gotten a paver brick personalized at a local arboretum.
Jan 17, 2010
We've given retiring teachers a silver necklace with a key charm on it, like a 'key to the city' but a 'key to the school' or 'key to our hearts' type thing.
For a retiring librarian we made a Picaboo.com bound picture book for her. Each teacher chose a photograph or book cover and wrote a short paragraph in tribute of her and our technology teacher put it all together in a beautiful bound book.
Along the lines of a donated tree, there have been playground benches donated in honor of teachers. A poetry fund was started to honor another teacher, and it provides for an author to visit the school every year.
But yes, something personal and meaningful...
Right now, I think I would get an inexpensive gift, some sort of a keepsake of the yeras in the classroom, and make a large donation to the Haitain relief fund in the teacher's name.
Anyone who loves kids is bound to be affected by the devastation there.
All of the ones we have given have fit the teacher, things for her garden, a hammock, etc. In my old school we had a teacher retire after 30+ years. Some who had worked with her forever had gotten most of her first class to stop by and sign the matting around their class picture. That really touched her.
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