Given everything they do for their students, finding the right words for a teacher who left an indelible mark is quite the task.
Whether you're a parent wanting to express gratitude for the light that was set afire in their child's heart, or the student yourself, we'd like to help you stoke that fire with some encouraging sentiments, quotations, and gift ideas.
Without question, teachers shape the minds of children and, thus, their futures. In some cases, it might be nearly impossible to capture our gratitude with a written note or tiny token. We're going to try anyway.
When thinking about the best way to thank a teacher, think about what he or she did that was exceptional or above the call of duty. Also, consider how he or she changed you personally. Did they change the way you thought about something? Did they inspire some new academic pursuit or activity? What will you hold dear when you think back on your academic career?
Here are some words and phrases to get you started:
Along with words to thank a teacher, you might want to include a thoughtful quote to illustrate exactly what they did for you.
Perhaps one of these will help you express your gratitude or sprinkle in a few smiles.
If you want to give your teacher a gift, there are many different ways to go about it. Did you learn anything about their hobbies or interests throughout the school year?
Do they love to read? Do they have pizza night every Friday night at home? Are your teacher's nails always done? Does your teacher always wear a fabulous tie or scarf?
Typically, gift-giving ends once you graduate elementary school. By the time you enter middle school and high school, you have so many different teachers for each subject, no student is expected to buy everyone a present.
Perhaps you could offer a small token for your homeroom teacher or favorite Science teacher who really taught you a lot. But, once the days of sitting in one classroom for the majority of the day are over, a simple note will suffice if you really felt a special bond.
Generic gifts can include things for the classroom. Coffee mugs are cute and can also be useful for holding pens, pencils, and other things.
Note pads are very useful too, as teachers write a lot of notes. You could include sticky note pads as well.
Does your teacher have a morning cup of tea or coffee each day? Perhaps you could wrap up an assortment of teas.
It's best to steer clear from wine or any alcohol, even at the higher education levels. You just never know someone's preference and, in rare cases, it can be frowned upon.
Gift baskets and potted plants are always appreciated. Gift baskets can be personalized and include things the teacher likes or supplies for the classroom.
A bouquet of flowers is a safe bet. If it's the holiday season, you can't go wrong with a little evergreen or poinsettia.
Perhaps an easy-to-maintain plant will fit the bill, too, if that's something your teacher seems to enjoy.
Gift cards are also a useful expression of gratitude. They provide an array of options and are almost certain to be used. You can personalize these with fan-favorites like Target or Amazon.
Or, you can cover all your bases with a MasterCard or Visa gift card. Generally, the $25-$30 range is plenty.
A handwritten note from a parent or student is a lovely gesture. If budgets are constrained, there's absolutely nothing wrong a well-worded card.
Include some genuine sentiments like the ones mentioned above. Open or close your note with a memorable quote that summarizes what your teacher did for you. Many teachers keep these cards for years to come. They'll be lovely tokens when they look back on their life as a teacher.
A teacher's job isn't done when that bell rings at the end of the day. They go home to think about the next day's lesson. They review papers; they tailor lesson plans to get everyone excited about the day.
It's thoughtful gesture to thank them for all their hard work. As we continue through life, we're going to remember at least one of our favorite teachers. Be sure to let them know that before they dismiss you into the next chapter.