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Lynda Loveland: Teachers ... what do you want?

Posted May 1, 2013

Lynda Loveland

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.

Fortunately, my kids have been blessed with fantastic teachers. I have the lists of what to bring each day and what each teacher likes, but I'm curious, what do teachers REALLY want?

Do you really want little things every day, sweets and treats and the like, or would you prefer one big gift? Or is it something entirely different?

Teachers, this is your chance to enlighten us!

Lynda Loveland is the mom of three and co-host of 101.5 WRAL-FM's The Mix Morning Show. Find her here on Thursdays. Click here to like her on Facebook.


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  • 123dnih May 2, 2013

    isn't this the same article that was posted last year?

  • cmk617 May 2, 2013

    I agree that a few nice words are worth their weight in gold. We often only receive communication when something is wrong, so a brief note or email of thanks is very special. A little chocolate is good too. :)

  • mdwrfw May 2, 2013

    My daughter teaches and we were just talking about this the other day. No candles,lotions,mugs,or apple themed items.A sweet thankful note is very nice. Gift certificates are always appreciated and supplies for the class are great too. I don't think people realize how much of their own money teachers spend on things for the students. I shudder when I think of some of the dumb things I gave my children's teachers. I think the main thing that teachers want is to be appreciated and respected.

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  • jabbo22 May 2, 2013

    I love notes from parents and artwork from kids. But if you want to give something tangible, giftcards are great! Please for me, no coffee mugs or massage gift certificates. :) In other words....find out a little about the teacher. Either give her/him a "questionaire" or ask co-teachers.

  • uncgrad80 May 2, 2013

    I teach high school and I am not used to tangible gifts. The best gift you can give me is a gift you give to your child--a lifelong love of learning. Help them to understand how important their education is for the rest of their lives. Teach them to be courteous and respectful. When they respect themselves, they respect others. GIve your child the gift of staying involved in theior lives. Yes, you need to begin cutting the apron strings and giving them freedom, but they are still kids and need your encouragment, support, and yes discipline. Encourage their talents. One year, two students gave me a graduation gift on their big day to thank me for helping them. One former student went to all of her teachers after graduation and simply said thank you. The best gift is a framed poem haning in my living room, thanking me for recognizing a talent and helping her turn it into her passion. That is all I need.

  • teachin2live May 2, 2013

    Once a child made me magnets. I used them in my classroom for YEARS! I also treasure personal letters of gratitude from the parents. It's nice to know that they recognize the love and hard work you've put in. Gift cards to the local teacher store, Amazon, or Target are nice if you want to give those.

  • jjrn May 2, 2013

    I love photographs of my students or inexpensively framed artwork they have made. And thanks for asking! I have SO many apple things that I could decorate a palace with theme.

  • ewteacher May 2, 2013

    Personal notes are wonderful or an email telling the teacher what a fantastic job he/she is doing that you also cc to the principal. I have done that for my son's teachers this year whenever he had a certain teacher go above and beyond.

  • kma08 May 2, 2013

    It was always sweet when students came in with plants that I could keep in the classroom for years to come. I also had a student who watched my every move and reported back to his mom. Then each morning he would bring in one of my "favorites" that he'd been spying on me enjoying. He was so proud when I would ask him how he knew what I liked. You could also send in a list to the teach to fill out with their favorite place to eat, snack, soda, place to shop, color, hobby, etc... and then pull from the inventory as to their gift. Can't go wrong with a gift certificate to Target or Stones.