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Top 12 Best & Worst Holiday Gifts from StudentsAs I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Of course, it is so sweet and unnecessary for students or their parents to give teachers gifts during the holiday season. Regardless of what it is, it truly is the thought that counts! We want to share some fun gift stories and some tips for those looking for teacher gifts.

 

Outside the Box Teacher Gift Stories

"I got half a bottle of Lady Stetson one year from a kid who stole it from him Mom. I talked to his Mom and she was really filled up though, that her kid wanted to give me something and wasn't mad that he took the cologne. She told me that I had to keep it. I put a little on at school that day so the kid could smell it on me--I was one fragrant man that day!" - Mike

 

"I love consumable gifts. Funny enough I just had one student ask which was my favorite: green tea or cocoa. Right away another student asked if I like Hedgehog chocolates. I wonder what I'm getting? Yummy" - Classroom Queen

 

"Best gift: by far home-made tamales. I get them every year.  Worst gift: a calendar with cute puppies." - John Spencer

 

"Best gift? Six pack of Diet Coke. Worst gift? A 10 pound bar of milk chocolate. I was sick for weeks." - Anonymous

 

"Anything even remotely personal is extra special---even the stuff that relates to my classroom theme is thoughtful. And heck, i just like presents!!! It really is the thought that counts with these guys. I like the cards and notes that go with the presents too. And those xmas tamales--yummy!"
--mz.w

 

Now that we've had a giggle and heard about some unexpected gifts, why not put a new spin on your typical go-to teacher gifts.

Here are some fun twists to the Top 12 Go-To Teacher Gifts

 

Gift Cards 

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  • Restaurants and coffee cards
  • Books & School Supplies
  • Spa certificates

 

One of my teacher friends coasts on her holiday gift cards (Panera, Starbucks, Target, you name it) that she gets from her students every year at Christmas... for months. Gotta love working at a private school in an upper middle class neighborhood. The pay isn't through the roof, but there certainly are some perks. 

 

Most teachers I know don't make out nearly as well, at least in gross cash value. 

 

Homemade Creations

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4335","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Cards
  • Holiday-themed art projects

 

 

These homemade knickknacks are mostly from the littler kids and come with a built-in heartwarming factor. What's great about these gifts is that they're unique and personal!

 

Your fellow teachers can get in on the action too. Assign your class to write a thank you letter to another teacher in the school. Ask them to be specific about what they appreciate and enjoy about him/her. That'll be something to hold on to for those rough days during the second half of the school year.

The Gift of Good Smells

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4337","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candles
  • Lotion                              

 

This category encompasses all things Bath and Body, which are hit or miss depending on the smell. (Even opening a cucumber melon lotion from three blocks away makes me nauseous).

 

Pinterest has a fun of cool ideas about how make-your-own candles or personalize them as gifts in fun, new ways. That can de-stigmatize this standard gift.

 

Tasty Treats

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4333","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candy
  • Cookies or other Baked Goods

 

Foody gifts are always fun and an easy go-to for budget-friendly gift. They're sweet at first, but they may come back to bite you in the, significantly larger than in November, behind. 

 

To keep from inundating the teacher with mountains of fatty snacks, try giving him/her an individual fun holiday cookies or treats or a small package with just a few. It's still sweet, but won't overwhelm him/her with an extire box of goodies PER student. The holiday cookies in a jar are also a fun treat that can be saved until after the holiday season.

 

Holiday Decor

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4338","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"117","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"93"}}]]
  • Christmas-themed ornaments
  • Snowmen & Santa knicknacks

 

I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff, which has a way of being unusually cute... but veteran teachers may be running out of places to put them.

 

Last year, my mom's entire basement was overrun with snowmen on every available surface. It was like they were building an army and rising up against the impending spring. The snowball war is coming, so watch out.

 

Forget Jack Frost, You Got Jack Squat 

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  • Zip
  • Zilch                                
  • Nada

 

And then you've got the saddest gift of all....nothing (which most high school and city teachers I know are looking forward to this year).

 

Maybe you should hint to students that gifts don't have to be materialistic. Simply ask them for their best behavior AND best effort on their schoolwork. That would be the greatest gift of all!

What is the best or worst gift you've gotten from a student? Share in the comments section!

As I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Here are some of best and worst gifts teachers have received:

0

 

Top 12 Best & Worst Holiday Gifts from StudentsAs I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Of course, it is so sweet and unnecessary for students or their parents to give teachers gifts during the holiday season. Regardless of what it is, it truly is the thought that counts! We want to share some fun gift stories and some tips for those looking for teacher gifts.

 

Outside the Box Teacher Gift Stories

"I got half a bottle of Lady Stetson one year from a kid who stole it from him Mom. I talked to his Mom and she was really filled up though, that her kid wanted to give me something and wasn't mad that he took the cologne. She told me that I had to keep it. I put a little on at school that day so the kid could smell it on me--I was one fragrant man that day!" - Mike

 

"I love consumable gifts. Funny enough I just had one student ask which was my favorite: green tea or cocoa. Right away another student asked if I like Hedgehog chocolates. I wonder what I'm getting? Yummy" - Classroom Queen

 

"Best gift: by far home-made tamales. I get them every year.  Worst gift: a calendar with cute puppies." - John Spencer

 

"Best gift? Six pack of Diet Coke. Worst gift? A 10 pound bar of milk chocolate. I was sick for weeks." - Anonymous

 

"Anything even remotely personal is extra special---even the stuff that relates to my classroom theme is thoughtful. And heck, i just like presents!!! It really is the thought that counts with these guys. I like the cards and notes that go with the presents too. And those xmas tamales--yummy!"
--mz.w

 

Now that we've had a giggle and heard about some unexpected gifts, why not put a new spin on your typical go-to teacher gifts.

Here are some fun twists to the Top 12 Go-To Teacher Gifts

 

Gift Cards 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4334","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"103","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"126"}}]]
  • Restaurants and coffee cards
  • Books & School Supplies
  • Spa certificates

 

One of my teacher friends coasts on her holiday gift cards (Panera, Starbucks, Target, you name it) that she gets from her students every year at Christmas... for months. Gotta love working at a private school in an upper middle class neighborhood. The pay isn't through the roof, but there certainly are some perks. 

 

Most teachers I know don't make out nearly as well, at least in gross cash value. 

 

Homemade Creations

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4335","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Cards
  • Holiday-themed art projects

 

 

These homemade knickknacks are mostly from the littler kids and come with a built-in heartwarming factor. What's great about these gifts is that they're unique and personal!

 

Your fellow teachers can get in on the action too. Assign your class to write a thank you letter to another teacher in the school. Ask them to be specific about what they appreciate and enjoy about him/her. That'll be something to hold on to for those rough days during the second half of the school year.

The Gift of Good Smells

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4337","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candles
  • Lotion                              

 

This category encompasses all things Bath and Body, which are hit or miss depending on the smell. (Even opening a cucumber melon lotion from three blocks away makes me nauseous).

 

Pinterest has a fun of cool ideas about how make-your-own candles or personalize them as gifts in fun, new ways. That can de-stigmatize this standard gift.

 

Tasty Treats

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4333","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candy
  • Cookies or other Baked Goods

 

Foody gifts are always fun and an easy go-to for budget-friendly gift. They're sweet at first, but they may come back to bite you in the, significantly larger than in November, behind. 

 

To keep from inundating the teacher with mountains of fatty snacks, try giving him/her an individual fun holiday cookies or treats or a small package with just a few. It's still sweet, but won't overwhelm him/her with an extire box of goodies PER student. The holiday cookies in a jar are also a fun treat that can be saved until after the holiday season.

 

Holiday Decor

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4338","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"117","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"93"}}]]
  • Christmas-themed ornaments
  • Snowmen & Santa knicknacks

 

I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff, which has a way of being unusually cute... but veteran teachers may be running out of places to put them.

 

Last year, my mom's entire basement was overrun with snowmen on every available surface. It was like they were building an army and rising up against the impending spring. The snowball war is coming, so watch out.

 

Forget Jack Frost, You Got Jack Squat 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4339","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"93","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"124"}}]]
  • Zip
  • Zilch                                
  • Nada

 

And then you've got the saddest gift of all....nothing (which most high school and city teachers I know are looking forward to this year).

 

Maybe you should hint to students that gifts don't have to be materialistic. Simply ask them for their best behavior AND best effort on their schoolwork. That would be the greatest gift of all!

What is the best or worst gift you've gotten from a student? Share in the comments section!

As I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Here are some of best and worst gifts teachers have received:

1

 

Top 12 Best & Worst Holiday Gifts from StudentsAs I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Of course, it is so sweet and unnecessary for students or their parents to give teachers gifts during the holiday season. Regardless of what it is, it truly is the thought that counts! We want to share some fun gift stories and some tips for those looking for teacher gifts.

 

Outside the Box Teacher Gift Stories

"I got half a bottle of Lady Stetson one year from a kid who stole it from him Mom. I talked to his Mom and she was really filled up though, that her kid wanted to give me something and wasn't mad that he took the cologne. She told me that I had to keep it. I put a little on at school that day so the kid could smell it on me--I was one fragrant man that day!" - Mike

 

"I love consumable gifts. Funny enough I just had one student ask which was my favorite: green tea or cocoa. Right away another student asked if I like Hedgehog chocolates. I wonder what I'm getting? Yummy" - Classroom Queen

 

"Best gift: by far home-made tamales. I get them every year.  Worst gift: a calendar with cute puppies." - John Spencer

 

"Best gift? Six pack of Diet Coke. Worst gift? A 10 pound bar of milk chocolate. I was sick for weeks." - Anonymous

 

"Anything even remotely personal is extra special---even the stuff that relates to my classroom theme is thoughtful. And heck, i just like presents!!! It really is the thought that counts with these guys. I like the cards and notes that go with the presents too. And those xmas tamales--yummy!"
--mz.w

 

Now that we've had a giggle and heard about some unexpected gifts, why not put a new spin on your typical go-to teacher gifts.

Here are some fun twists to the Top 12 Go-To Teacher Gifts

 

Gift Cards 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4334","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"103","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"126"}}]]
  • Restaurants and coffee cards
  • Books & School Supplies
  • Spa certificates

 

One of my teacher friends coasts on her holiday gift cards (Panera, Starbucks, Target, you name it) that she gets from her students every year at Christmas... for months. Gotta love working at a private school in an upper middle class neighborhood. The pay isn't through the roof, but there certainly are some perks. 

 

Most teachers I know don't make out nearly as well, at least in gross cash value. 

 

Homemade Creations

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4335","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Cards
  • Holiday-themed art projects

 

 

These homemade knickknacks are mostly from the littler kids and come with a built-in heartwarming factor. What's great about these gifts is that they're unique and personal!

 

Your fellow teachers can get in on the action too. Assign your class to write a thank you letter to another teacher in the school. Ask them to be specific about what they appreciate and enjoy about him/her. That'll be something to hold on to for those rough days during the second half of the school year.

The Gift of Good Smells

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4337","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candles
  • Lotion                              

 

This category encompasses all things Bath and Body, which are hit or miss depending on the smell. (Even opening a cucumber melon lotion from three blocks away makes me nauseous).

 

Pinterest has a fun of cool ideas about how make-your-own candles or personalize them as gifts in fun, new ways. That can de-stigmatize this standard gift.

 

Tasty Treats

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4333","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candy
  • Cookies or other Baked Goods

 

Foody gifts are always fun and an easy go-to for budget-friendly gift. They're sweet at first, but they may come back to bite you in the, significantly larger than in November, behind. 

 

To keep from inundating the teacher with mountains of fatty snacks, try giving him/her an individual fun holiday cookies or treats or a small package with just a few. It's still sweet, but won't overwhelm him/her with an extire box of goodies PER student. The holiday cookies in a jar are also a fun treat that can be saved until after the holiday season.

 

Holiday Decor

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4338","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"117","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"93"}}]]
  • Christmas-themed ornaments
  • Snowmen & Santa knicknacks

 

I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff, which has a way of being unusually cute... but veteran teachers may be running out of places to put them.

 

Last year, my mom's entire basement was overrun with snowmen on every available surface. It was like they were building an army and rising up against the impending spring. The snowball war is coming, so watch out.

 

Forget Jack Frost, You Got Jack Squat 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4339","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"93","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"124"}}]]
  • Zip
  • Zilch                                
  • Nada

 

And then you've got the saddest gift of all....nothing (which most high school and city teachers I know are looking forward to this year).

 

Maybe you should hint to students that gifts don't have to be materialistic. Simply ask them for their best behavior AND best effort on their schoolwork. That would be the greatest gift of all!

What is the best or worst gift you've gotten from a student? Share in the comments section!

As I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Here are some of best and worst gifts teachers have received:

0

 

Top 12 Best & Worst Holiday Gifts from StudentsAs I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Of course, it is so sweet and unnecessary for students or their parents to give teachers gifts during the holiday season. Regardless of what it is, it truly is the thought that counts! We want to share some fun gift stories and some tips for those looking for teacher gifts.

 

Outside the Box Teacher Gift Stories

"I got half a bottle of Lady Stetson one year from a kid who stole it from him Mom. I talked to his Mom and she was really filled up though, that her kid wanted to give me something and wasn't mad that he took the cologne. She told me that I had to keep it. I put a little on at school that day so the kid could smell it on me--I was one fragrant man that day!" - Mike

 

"I love consumable gifts. Funny enough I just had one student ask which was my favorite: green tea or cocoa. Right away another student asked if I like Hedgehog chocolates. I wonder what I'm getting? Yummy" - Classroom Queen

 

"Best gift: by far home-made tamales. I get them every year.  Worst gift: a calendar with cute puppies." - John Spencer

 

"Best gift? Six pack of Diet Coke. Worst gift? A 10 pound bar of milk chocolate. I was sick for weeks." - Anonymous

 

"Anything even remotely personal is extra special---even the stuff that relates to my classroom theme is thoughtful. And heck, i just like presents!!! It really is the thought that counts with these guys. I like the cards and notes that go with the presents too. And those xmas tamales--yummy!"
--mz.w

 

Now that we've had a giggle and heard about some unexpected gifts, why not put a new spin on your typical go-to teacher gifts.

Here are some fun twists to the Top 12 Go-To Teacher Gifts

 

Gift Cards 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4334","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"103","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"126"}}]]
  • Restaurants and coffee cards
  • Books & School Supplies
  • Spa certificates

 

One of my teacher friends coasts on her holiday gift cards (Panera, Starbucks, Target, you name it) that she gets from her students every year at Christmas... for months. Gotta love working at a private school in an upper middle class neighborhood. The pay isn't through the roof, but there certainly are some perks. 

 

Most teachers I know don't make out nearly as well, at least in gross cash value. 

 

Homemade Creations

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4335","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Cards
  • Holiday-themed art projects

 

 

These homemade knickknacks are mostly from the littler kids and come with a built-in heartwarming factor. What's great about these gifts is that they're unique and personal!

 

Your fellow teachers can get in on the action too. Assign your class to write a thank you letter to another teacher in the school. Ask them to be specific about what they appreciate and enjoy about him/her. That'll be something to hold on to for those rough days during the second half of the school year.

The Gift of Good Smells

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4337","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candles
  • Lotion                              

 

This category encompasses all things Bath and Body, which are hit or miss depending on the smell. (Even opening a cucumber melon lotion from three blocks away makes me nauseous).

 

Pinterest has a fun of cool ideas about how make-your-own candles or personalize them as gifts in fun, new ways. That can de-stigmatize this standard gift.

 

Tasty Treats

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4333","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candy
  • Cookies or other Baked Goods

 

Foody gifts are always fun and an easy go-to for budget-friendly gift. They're sweet at first, but they may come back to bite you in the, significantly larger than in November, behind. 

 

To keep from inundating the teacher with mountains of fatty snacks, try giving him/her an individual fun holiday cookies or treats or a small package with just a few. It's still sweet, but won't overwhelm him/her with an extire box of goodies PER student. The holiday cookies in a jar are also a fun treat that can be saved until after the holiday season.

 

Holiday Decor

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4338","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"117","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"93"}}]]
  • Christmas-themed ornaments
  • Snowmen & Santa knicknacks

 

I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff, which has a way of being unusually cute... but veteran teachers may be running out of places to put them.

 

Last year, my mom's entire basement was overrun with snowmen on every available surface. It was like they were building an army and rising up against the impending spring. The snowball war is coming, so watch out.

 

Forget Jack Frost, You Got Jack Squat 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4339","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"93","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"124"}}]]
  • Zip
  • Zilch                                
  • Nada

 

And then you've got the saddest gift of all....nothing (which most high school and city teachers I know are looking forward to this year).

 

Maybe you should hint to students that gifts don't have to be materialistic. Simply ask them for their best behavior AND best effort on their schoolwork. That would be the greatest gift of all!

What is the best or worst gift you've gotten from a student? Share in the comments section!

As I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Here are some of best and worst gifts teachers have received:

0

 

Top 12 Best & Worst Holiday Gifts from StudentsAs I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Of course, it is so sweet and unnecessary for students or their parents to give teachers gifts during the holiday season. Regardless of what it is, it truly is the thought that counts! We want to share some fun gift stories and some tips for those looking for teacher gifts.

 

Outside the Box Teacher Gift Stories

"I got half a bottle of Lady Stetson one year from a kid who stole it from him Mom. I talked to his Mom and she was really filled up though, that her kid wanted to give me something and wasn't mad that he took the cologne. She told me that I had to keep it. I put a little on at school that day so the kid could smell it on me--I was one fragrant man that day!" - Mike

 

"I love consumable gifts. Funny enough I just had one student ask which was my favorite: green tea or cocoa. Right away another student asked if I like Hedgehog chocolates. I wonder what I'm getting? Yummy" - Classroom Queen

 

"Best gift: by far home-made tamales. I get them every year.  Worst gift: a calendar with cute puppies." - John Spencer

 

"Best gift? Six pack of Diet Coke. Worst gift? A 10 pound bar of milk chocolate. I was sick for weeks." - Anonymous

 

"Anything even remotely personal is extra special---even the stuff that relates to my classroom theme is thoughtful. And heck, i just like presents!!! It really is the thought that counts with these guys. I like the cards and notes that go with the presents too. And those xmas tamales--yummy!"
--mz.w

 

Now that we've had a giggle and heard about some unexpected gifts, why not put a new spin on your typical go-to teacher gifts.

Here are some fun twists to the Top 12 Go-To Teacher Gifts

 

Gift Cards 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4334","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"103","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"126"}}]]
  • Restaurants and coffee cards
  • Books & School Supplies
  • Spa certificates

 

One of my teacher friends coasts on her holiday gift cards (Panera, Starbucks, Target, you name it) that she gets from her students every year at Christmas... for months. Gotta love working at a private school in an upper middle class neighborhood. The pay isn't through the roof, but there certainly are some perks. 

 

Most teachers I know don't make out nearly as well, at least in gross cash value. 

 

Homemade Creations

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4335","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Cards
  • Holiday-themed art projects

 

 

These homemade knickknacks are mostly from the littler kids and come with a built-in heartwarming factor. What's great about these gifts is that they're unique and personal!

 

Your fellow teachers can get in on the action too. Assign your class to write a thank you letter to another teacher in the school. Ask them to be specific about what they appreciate and enjoy about him/her. That'll be something to hold on to for those rough days during the second half of the school year.

The Gift of Good Smells

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4337","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candles
  • Lotion                              

 

This category encompasses all things Bath and Body, which are hit or miss depending on the smell. (Even opening a cucumber melon lotion from three blocks away makes me nauseous).

 

Pinterest has a fun of cool ideas about how make-your-own candles or personalize them as gifts in fun, new ways. That can de-stigmatize this standard gift.

 

Tasty Treats

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4333","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"125","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"125"}}]]
  • Candy
  • Cookies or other Baked Goods

 

Foody gifts are always fun and an easy go-to for budget-friendly gift. They're sweet at first, but they may come back to bite you in the, significantly larger than in November, behind. 

 

To keep from inundating the teacher with mountains of fatty snacks, try giving him/her an individual fun holiday cookies or treats or a small package with just a few. It's still sweet, but won't overwhelm him/her with an extire box of goodies PER student. The holiday cookies in a jar are also a fun treat that can be saved until after the holiday season.

 

Holiday Decor

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4338","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"117","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"93"}}]]
  • Christmas-themed ornaments
  • Snowmen & Santa knicknacks

 

I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff, which has a way of being unusually cute... but veteran teachers may be running out of places to put them.

 

Last year, my mom's entire basement was overrun with snowmen on every available surface. It was like they were building an army and rising up against the impending spring. The snowball war is coming, so watch out.

 

Forget Jack Frost, You Got Jack Squat 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"4339","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"93","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"124"}}]]
  • Zip
  • Zilch                                
  • Nada

 

And then you've got the saddest gift of all....nothing (which most high school and city teachers I know are looking forward to this year).

 

Maybe you should hint to students that gifts don't have to be materialistic. Simply ask them for their best behavior AND best effort on their schoolwork. That would be the greatest gift of all!

What is the best or worst gift you've gotten from a student? Share in the comments section!

As I learned on the blog last year, teacher gifts can be as surprising as a calm, quiet classroom the Friday afternoon before a vacation. Some gifts you just could never see coming.

 

Here are some of best and worst gifts teachers have received:

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HarryLast week, my excitement hit a fever pitch for the long-awaited release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I! I lined up at midnight with all the Pottermaniacs (those enlightened enough to recognize the genius behind J.K. Rowling’s creation) and it didn't disappoint. 

To tide myself and the rest of you fans over until the final film is released, here are some Harry Potter themed lesson ideas.

 

3-8 Social Studies Activity: 

Diversity and Democracy

Break into five groups. Each group will be assigned a character.

 

Harry Potter – An orphan who found out he was a wizard after being mistreated by his non-magic relatives. Harry is rebellious, likes adventure and is determined to defeat the dark wizard Voldemort who killed his parents and tried to kill him.

Lupin – Werewolf who previously taught Defense Against the Dark Arts at the wizard school. He is a member of the group fighting Voldemort and the dark wizards.

Voldemort – Dark wizard who wants only pureblood (no non-magic people in their family) witches and wizards to be in power. He is interested in undiscovered magic and using it without any restrictions.

Hagrid – Half-giant who teaches Care of Magical Creates for the wizard school. He has a fondness for dangerous animals and is also a member of the group fighting Voldemort and the dark wizards.

Hermione – The daughter of two Muggles (non-magic people). She is a young witch who is very intelligent, loves books, and is passionate about the rights of elves and other creatures who serve wizards.

 

Get into the mindset of your character. Based on that characters views (using the description if you aren’t familiar with the stories), propose a bill that the Ministry of Magic should put into law. Write five reasons why the entire community would benefit from this law. 

 

Based on those reasons, your class will vote on each bill. If a majority of the students vote for your bill, it will become a law.

 

Potential issues: 

Rights of Muggles

Should those who are only part-wizard have to report their heritage to the government, employers or neighbors?

Should wizards stay hidden from the rest of the world?

What age should young wizards be allowed to do magic outside of school?

 

3-8 Language Arts Activity: 

Root words

Make up five magical spells. For each spell, identify what your spell will do and the “incantation” of two to three words that the witch/wizard would say to make it happen. The words don’t have to be real, but they do have to have a root word that relates to the magic spell.

 

For example:

“Objecto revelus” would make an object appear out of nowhere. The root of objecto is object and the root of revelus is reveal.

K-5 Science Activity

Invisible Ink

Using these directions, make invisible ink to write invisible messages to your classmates. Switch papers with your neighbor and reveal the message.

 

6-12 Essay Activities

Language Arts

The Harry Potter stories may be set in a magical world, but they are filled with common literary themes. One major motif within the books and films is the issues issue of right vs. wrong, good vs. evil and human (and non-human rights). Using one of the texts we’ve read, compose a well-organized, persuasive essay that examines how the texts deals with one of these issues (right vs. wrong, good vs. evil or human/non-human rights).

 

Social Studies/History  

Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series revolves around a war between Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters (the dark wizards/witches bent on purifying their race through force) and Harry Potter and the Order (fighting to maintain freedom and equal rights). 

Options:

1. Compose an essay that compares the fictional magical war to an event or war in history in which these themes exist(ed). 

2. Compose an essay that examines how human rights have been a factor in a major historical event (such as a war or major social movement).

 

Find more free lessons based topics students love in the Pop Culture Lesson Plans section! 

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Last week, my excitement hit a fever pitch for the long-awaited release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I! I lined up at midnight with all the Pottermaniacs (those enlightened enough to recognize the genius behind J.K. Rowling’s creation) and it didn't disappoint. 

 

To tide myself and the rest of you fans over until the final film is released, here are some Harry Potter themed lesson ideas.

 

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Educational Adventure Photo Contest and Poster Giveaway. We are excited to announce the winners!  Without further ado, the winners are:

$300 Poster Giveaway

Congratulations to Elizabeth Van Egdom of Inwood Christian School in Iowa who was randomly chosen as the $300 Poster Giveaway winner! She has as won $300 worth of educational posters and wall charts from SchoolSupplyGiant.com to "deck the walls" of her school.

Educational Adventure Photo Contest Winner

With an astonishing number of over 31,000 votes cast, we are pleased to announce the winner of the Educational Adventure Photo Contest as:


Saturn Space Travelers!!!

And the Winners Are... Field Trip Photo Contest & $300 Poster Giveaway

"We have been studying space in science and use many space references for building school morale, focus, and student goal setting"

Submitted by: Cary Hock, Madeline Black,Jody Oberholtze

Ben Franklin Elementary

Newark, OH

 

These space travelers garnered 38% of the vote and won 3 free travelers on their next school trip.

 

Big thanks to Educational Discovery Tours: This prize was donated by Educational Discovery Tours. EDT has organized engaging, educational trips for teachers and students for over 40 years. EDT group travel experts create interactive tours that greatly enhance classroom studies, broaden students’ knowledge and social skills, and provide an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.

 

We'd also like to give a big round of applause to our second place finalist. Coming in a close second with 31% of the vote is:

 

Cave Crawlers!!!

And the Winners Are... Field Trip Photo Contest & $300 Poster Giveaway

“The sense of accomplishment the students feel as they step down into the deep, dark cavern, and squeeze through the "Whale's Throat" passageway is tremendous.”

 

Submitted by: Jennifer Holmes

Wilson Elementary School

Sheboygan, WI

Thanks to everyone who entered, voted and visiting TeachHUB to keep up with the contests. Another big thanks to SchoolSupplyGiant.com and Educational Discovery Tours for donating our prizes. We've had so much fun with it and I hope you have too!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Educational Adventure Photo Contest and Poster Giveaway. We are excited to announce the winners!

 

Without further ado, the winners are:

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LastWith Columbus Day around the corner, it's the perfect time to win field trips to experience a new world of learning.

This is the last week to enter TeachHUB's Educational Adventure Photo Contest.

Share your favorite field trip photos for your chance to win free trips for you and 2 students OR $100 in school supplies for your class.  

 

Don't forget to get your entries in before the deadline: Monday, October 11!

 

Get full details & enter now!!

With Columbus Day around the corner, it's the perfect time to win field trips to experience a new world of learning.

 

This is the last week to enter TeachHUB's Educational Adventure Photo Contest.

 

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Thank you to everyone who entered both the "Our Ed Tech is Busted" Contest and the Lit Lesson Giveaway.  With no further ado, the winners are:

 

Lit Lesson Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Lisa Bruzzichesi, who was randomly chosen as the Lit Lesson Giveaway winner! She now has a $500 eNotes premium subscription for the next year, giving her access to thousands of lessons, study guides and critical essays for her Language Arts/English classroom.

"Our Ed Tech is Busted" Contest Winner 

With more than 25,000 votes cast, I am proud to crown the 2010 "Our Ed Tech is Busted" champion (drum roll please):

Homemade Overhead!!!!

 Announcing Contest Winners: Busted Ed Tech Champion & Lit Lesson Giveaway

"You ain’t squat unless you have an overhead made from a recycled fresnel lens, a desk lamp, and a camera tripod. Save me, I’m squat."

Submitted by:

Lawrence King

Warren High School

Vincent, Ohio

 

Mr. King and his homemade projector garnered 29% of the vote. Mr. King and his school have won the Optoma DV10 MovieTime DLP Projector With Built-In DVD Player donated by Meeting Tomorrow.

Announcing Contest Winners: Busted Ed Tech Champion & Lit Lesson Giveaway

 This Optoma Projector is an ultra portable projector with integral DVD player and sound system. It transforms any wall into the ultimate viewing experience with huge widescreen images dwarfing the largest 'Big Screen' TV's.

With no setup or cabling required, this projector is perfect sharing throughout the school, switching from individual classroom use to school-wide events. You can project movies with the built-in DVD player, play power point presentations or create slideshows with the included software.

We'd also like to give a big round of applause to all of our finalists. Coming in a close second and third were Ceiling Crash and Suicide Computer, with 23% and 20% respective. 

Ceiling Crash

Announcing Contest Winners: Busted Ed Tech Champion & Lit Lesson Giveaway

"Ceiling fell! Servers crashed!!
Classes relocated: Keyboarding to library (on paper keyboards!),
Programming to wrestling room, etc. Disruptions September
through January: we're under mouse arrest!"

 

Submitted by:

Patricia Martin

Babylon Jr-Sr High School

Babylon, New York

   

Suicide Computer  

Announcing Contest Winners: Busted Ed Tech Champion & Lit Lesson Giveaway

"Our classroom computers are from ’95 and ‘98 the kids were born in ’97. This computer took it’s own life after jumping off a table."

Submitted by:

Kari Thicksten

Palombi Middle School

Lake Villa, Illinois    

Thanks to everyone who entered, voted and visiting TeachHUB to keep up with the contests. Another big thanks to eNotes and Meeting Tomorrow for donating our prizes. We've had so much fun with it and I hope you have too!

Stay tuned to the TeachHUB Contests page for the next round of Contests and Giveaways to be announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered both the "Our Ed Tech is Busted" Contest and the Lit Lesson Giveaway.  With no further ado, the winners are:

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