Monday, November 16, 2009

A Question For All The Teachers Out There .....

... do you REALLY like the teacher gifts that your students/we parents give you?

I pose this question, because "Tis the Season to Start Teacher Giving" ... but I hesitate these days because of a small but pointed web exchange I read last year on one of my web lists.

Basically - the teachers hated the gifts.

I read the comments, first wryly ... because yeah, I can understand only being able to do so much with 25 Apple note card sets or mugs ... then sadly, because I know how much fun my son has picking out gifts for his teachers ... then I got angry, because I know how much fun my son has picking out gifts for his teachers.

I began noticing the PTA letters that came home, asking parents to forgo the "cutesy gifts" and send cash or gift cards for the teachers. Cash??? Okay - this irked me because while I understand teachers aren't paid much, that this cash comes in handy - is this REALLY what I tell my son? "No sweetie, we aren't making cookies this year and that hand painted mug - your teacher gets tons of those ... we're gonna give her money"

So ... I'm asking the teachers out there ... and please - be honest - are you sick and tired of the mugs, the pencils, the notepads (grin) ... is it really cold hard cash that you want?

..now, I have my own idea of what my son and I are giving from now on, and I'll post a pic of it soon .,.. but in the meantime ...

Let me know.

2 comments:

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Wow, interesting question and I'm curious to see the answers you get!
I'm not a teacher, so I can't really tell you the answer here.
Personally if I were told to give a gift card to a teacher because they didn't like all the 'crap' gifts, I'd rather donate a bag a doggie treats to the humane society in their name and tell them that in a nice handmade card or something. At least the homeless little furkids would LOVE the gesture and your son could have fun making something for his teacher:)

~EssenseVibez~ said...

as a elementary school librarian, I LOVE the gifts i receive--but i hear the talk around school where teachers are not so grateful that this student thought enuff of them to buy a gift form their lil' pockets--{make that their parents pockets}--i dont think gift cards should be given to teachers or staff members--times is hard for our parents here in ohio and i dont want them spending anything on me--HANDMADE is the way to go!!!