Teacher thanky­ous

Haven Magazine - - CELEBRATE -

While we’re in the mood to cel­e­brate, an­other group of peo­ple who need serous recog­ni­tion at this time of the year are our kids’ teach­ers.

Mon­day to Fri­day, 9am-3pm (and be­yond!), 10-odd weeks per term, four terms per year. Teach­ers might be paid to ed­u­cate our next gen­er­a­tions but they should also be show­ered with thanks for the last­ing im­pres­sion they make in ev­ery child’s life. Be a Fun Mum blog­ger Kelly Burstow is a fan of the mean­ing­ful teacher gift. With four kids her­self (the old­est just about to fin­ish high school) and a big com­mu­nity of on­line par­ent fol­low­ers, Kelly has serous in­sight when it comes to choos­ing just the right teacher gift. “I also have many teach­ers in my cir­cle of friends, and while teacher gifts are ap­pre­ci­ated, it’s the heart­felt per­sonal cards and mes­sages from stu­dents and par­ents that mean the most,” Kelly says. Through her Be a Fun Mum web­site and so­cial me­dia chan­nels, Kelly ran a sur­vey on the topic. Af­ter sift­ing through al­most 400 re­sponses, here are her Top 6 teacher-ap­proved gift ideas: 1. Per­sonal card/let­ter/draw­ing: Whether it’s a ‘Dear Teacher’ let­ter tem­plate, home­made card or a sweet mes­sage from your child, this is a gift teach­ers cher­ish. 2. Christ­mas tree dec­o­ra­tion: A teacher friend ex­plained how much she en­joys dec­o­rat­ing her tree, re­mem­ber­ing the chil­dren who gifted her with dec­o­ra­tions over the years. The sur­vey re­sults showed many teach­ers feel this way.

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