Sounds like another thing to be negative about for the sake of being negative because the world is just a negative place, surely this sort of thing should be applauded as it teaches a child to be grateful for what others do for them, only stuck up parents would turn into a childish competition anyway and common sense would also dictate a gift doesn’t always need to involve money. When I was in year 7 our Teacher was leaving as had just had a baby with his wife and needed to find something more suitable hours wise and move house. Black girl Living my best life shirt I picked up a miniature mug and teddy set from a gift shop at a zoo, thinking when the kid was older it might be able to use this little mug. It wasn’t expensive or big, just seemed like something that might come in useful one day. It had a tiger print on the mug and teddy. When I went to give it to him on his leaving day, he seemed genuinely pleased and told me his favorite sports team back in Qld Australia was called the Tigers, so now he and his baby would be able to celebrate the team together. I was so happy thinking I’d given him something he really liked. If I was told I couldn’t give a gift to a good teacher I think I would have been a bit crushed.
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Black girl Living my best life shirt I am a secondary teacher and I tell the kids the greatest gift I can receive is them doing well in class. I have received handmade cookies, chocolate, and a few things for class. I never expect anything from my students or from their parents, I teach because I love my content area and working with kids. It’s sad to know that parents in England feel ‘ pressured’ to give gifts to their kids’ teachers. I now understand why this decision is made. Here in the Caribbean, it’s different where some parents do all kinds of gesture ‘in and out of pocket’ to show their appreciation and teachers are endeavor grateful. I have never heard of a parent nor a teacher complaining about the cost of gifts. I guess the culture of materialism hasn’t reached here yet.
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I always buy the staff who work with my children gifts. We find out what they are interested in and choose something for them. I think it is important that my children say thank you to the people who work hard for them. I also write personal messages in the cards, it gives me the chance to let them know how grateful I am for their hard work. Please don’t make me feel guilty for saying thank you. If you are able, we should do both. Teachers are not the reason schools are not funded and they should not be expected to turn over any small item for them to their school. Imagine if your Christmas gifts were all office supplies? Do something for the school in honor or the teacher and do something nice for the teacher – even if it is a note.