As an educator, it is almost that time that when many of our families reach out to bless us and thank us for teaching and helping their children. Given this Covid-19 pandemic, our teachers have been forced to become more flexible and work outside of their box.
Friends and family often think of me as a great gift giver and often ask, “What should I get my teacher this year”. Given all the circumstances of this unusual academic year, this is the list of my top 5 things that I believe myself and my teacher friends would love.
- Erin Condren planners and accessories
If you haven’t heard, Erin Condren planners are all the rave with all types of educators, not just teachers, but therapists of all kind, as well as other school professionals. Planning has been recreated into a new craft. In a sense, it’s like scrapbooking for daily planning with stickers and beautiful creations. Making an educator feel excited and more motivated to engage in her daily planning activities is a big bonus. Other teachers ooh and awe at these accessories and planners. There are all types of planners, storage, notebooks, and many other unique accessories that can be purchased. Any teacher or educator would be excited to get an e-gift card from Erin Condren. Gift cards start at $10. Check out all they have to offer at https://www.erincondren.com and search gift cards.
2. Teacher Pay Teacher
Who doesn’t love an awesome gift card? This is a gift that keeps on giving. Your favorite teacher can print out copies that can be used for years to come. Every subject is listed from social studies to social skills and packets have been easily created for teachers to save them time. And TIME is what teachers don’t have, so this gift will make them super happy. Gift cards can be emailed and start at just $5.00. Go to https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/
I can’t tell you how helpful it is to have the correct type of storage in the classroom. Teachers often receive old storage containers that are passed around yearly from the free table. Being organized in the classroom is a primary need as a teacher. Finding unique storage solutions including storing papers, pencils, lunchboxes, toys, or other items can bring a smile to a teacher’s face. The feeling of structure and cleanliness in a classroom is what a teacher dreams of. Check out some of the unique storage ideas at the Container Store . Gift cards can be emailed and start at $10 on containerstore.com
4. Gifts Galore
Have you ever wondered how much your teacher spends giving your kids little items, toys, rewards, etc.? I know I have personally spent over a couple hundred dollars in one year alone on little items for my “treasure chest” or “store”. Teachers can buy anything from stuffed animals, stickers, crafts, holiday items, school related activities, and teacher supplies. You can find almost anything you can think of for the classroom at Oriental Trading Company. I would be thrilled to receive a gift card like this. Gift cards start at $10 and can be emailed. Go to Orientaltrading.com and search gift cards for more information.
5. Diffuser and Oils
As we are focused on health and cleanliness, we are unsure of what our school classrooms may look like in the upcoming school year. However, what I do know is what I am able to control and that is trying my best to ensure a clean and comfortable learning space to the best of my abilities. One way that myself and many teachers incorporate in our room is a diffuser. I started diffusing earlier this year and the kids began to love and ask for “Owlie”. I began to diffuse calming, fruity, focusing, and health promoting scents. If the kids entered the classroom and “Owlie” wasn’t turned on, they would keep coming up asking when I would turn it on or if they could help put water in it. I feel this helped create a more positive, calming, and healthy environment. I feel that any teacher would love the idea of creating a more healthy and positive classroom environment. You can pick up essential oils and diffusers at a variety of prices. I personally recommend as it is the most kid friendly option I could find and it lights up! Here’s what it looks like and how to get it. https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/feather-the-owl-diffuser?al=owl. Contact me with any questions or how to use oils in the classroom. Oils and diffusers range in pricing.