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Teacher Gifts: Underappreciated




So I don't mean to rant and rave here, but I teach preschool in my basement. Key point here is, teach. While it may seem like a plush job to many, I ask you this, have you ever had one of those weekends where come Monday morning you are actually looking forward to going back to work and feel you need a break? And that’s based on spending time with your own child whom you love unconditionally. Now do that 3 days a week.

To understand the life of a teacher is difficult if you haven’t done it before, but I think this quote by Donald D. Quinn says it best, “If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.

Yet, the end of the year came and went and on the last day I got one thank you card and a thank you present... so out of 14 kids, I got two thank yous from parents, the ratio is not very good in my favor. Not that I am complaining about not getting presents, the point is that I felt a bit like a failure. Did I suck so the parents didn't want to say thank you??

Jenna explained that because it was "just" preschool and most of the students are the oldest that parents just don't understand that teachers need to be appreciated. She even mentioned that maybe the idea of sharing your gratitude for your child's teacher at the end of year may be a bit old fashion. Personally, I think she may be just nice to the sad giftless teacher.

It wasn't even as though I wanted a huge giftcard to Nordstroms (though that would have made my day) it was the point that I needed the recognition that all the hours I spent planning and working with their children really did pay off... just a quick little text or note would be suffice. Any sort of gift no matter if it was free or terribly expensive is appreciated and lets teachers know the parent and the child were happy with the year together. Heck, being a teacher is far from an easy job.

But since this is the last week of school for my kids, and not wanting to share the sorrow with another educator, I decided to do a quick DIY apple for about a buck. Here is what I did....

I went to the $1 store and got 4 little glass jars for $1. Here are the supplies... all from the $1 store. Tissue Paper, Red Hots, little bowls, brown colored pencil.


On the top I took some red tissue paper and modge podged that bad boy.

I found I had to find something to let it dry on... Luckily we had a medicine bottle. :)



I then took the second bowl and put some red glitter (from the $1 store) added a bit of modge podge . I cut a brown colored pencil and hot glued that as the "stem". Added a tissue paper green leaf.

Comments

Bon said…
Wonderful gift! i do think teachers are unappreciated too! We LOVe giving teacher gifts( sometimes gifts from the heart, such as a letter of appreciation, sometimes something that we spend $ on) and always take the time to let our teachers now how much we appreciate them!! I am sure you are a wonderful teacher too!
Bon @ Drab to Fab
OMG! Drab to Fab!!! I love you! I check out your site all the time!
Cherry Blossoms said…
Thanks for checking out my blog.
Working at a school (I"m a school social worker) I see how much time and effort teachers of all grades including our preschool teacher put in. The quote you posted is so true.
Michelle said…
i so know how you feel! You just want some kind of thank you, even just a note! I always have given teacher gifts, even in preschool.
Super cute!! I think being a Teacher is the toughest job there is..at any age that is being taught!
that's a cute gift! I always make sure to send in a little card & gift to The Boy's teacher at Christmas and at the end of the year. which reminds me, the end of the year is coming up very quickly!

Thanks so much for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!
Coffee Matters said…
I arrived here through the alexa hop, but this is so true! I have a degree in Early Childhood Education, and work with 2 year olds, and mostly at the end of the year feel very unappreciated. I love the way you explained it.
oomph. said…
we do appreciate you! i'm guilty of not "remembering" my son's teacher during the recent appreciation week. things were just hectic, and i felt terrible. but i ALWAYS remember teachers at the end of the year and other times thruout the year.

following thru the finding new friends hop.
my blog is mainly a style blog, but i'm a mom of two and love connecting with other moms as well :)

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Patricia said…
Very talented indeed! Crafting is so much fun.
Iam following you via FNF blog hop.
Stop by and visit my blog if youget a chance.
ej said…
I loved your teaching quote! it reminds me of this story, check it out: http://teachers.net/gazette/JUN02/vollmer.html

I teach 4th grade - when they are a little older, the thank yous get better. They write their own!
Lolly Jane said…
Teachers are most definitely underpaid and underappreciated! Cute craft. New follower from Becca's Perspective's blog hop. (: Happy Tuesday!

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