Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry Christmas, Teachers!

It's the most wonderful time of the year…for those who aren't trying to corral rambunctious seven-year-olds that are hyped up on Santa and sugar! Thankfully we have 2 weeks to rest, recover, and hopefully pamper ourselves with some nice presents.

Teacher gifts can be broken into the following 5 categories:

1. Homemade

This kind of gift is mostly candy and food. It is important to find out if they are parent-made or child-made.

2. Kid-picked

While the sentiment is nice, the child is usually more attached to the gift than the teacher. Over the top excitement once the gift is unwrapped is absolutely necessary.

By the way, that bird pen actually came from a co-teacher.

3. Really Nice

Often this gift leaves the teacher confused. Is this an apology for a "special" child? Is this an attempt to encourage me to focus more on your child? Or am I really just that awesome??
4. Body Products

Sprays, gels, lotions, bubble baths, etc. Is it a friendly gesture or do I smell bad? If you're basing that on the odors in my classroom, I can assure you that it's coming from the children.

5. Gift Cards
You usually can't go wrong with gift cards. The only exception is picking a place where the teacher doesn't frequently shop.
Parents, thank you very much for the gifts. It's nice to know you care. Don't worry, I'll be ready to jump back into gear in January. I just need a little break first! :)


  1. This had me cracking up...mostly because it is so true. Public school presents are a little different than private aren't they?!?!? Enjoy Victoria's Secret...they do have good bath stuff besides underpants!

  2. Can't help thinking of Nacho Libre. "I know the teachers get all the fancy gentlemen, and the clothes, and the free creams and lotions."