Today the ever-enticing social news and entertainment site Buzzfeed published a list of “24 Thoughtful Gifts for Teachers.” (Early jump on the holiday season, I guess?)
While some of the suggestions are clever and/or useful—a wellness basket with tea, coffee-cup holders that hang onto the side of a table or desk, volunteer time, breakfast in a bucket—others are, well, cutesy. And not much else. For example: Classroom-themed decorations? Glass magnets? Homemade ornaments? A set of bookmarks?
Is this what you’ve been waiting for, teachers?
The comments are the best part of the piece. One self-proclaimed teacher writes that the recommendations “kind of suck” and asks for Starbucks instead. Another reader says, “Just give me booze.” And still another intones what many others may have been thinking: "[T]hree words: cold hard cash.”
What’s your thinking on the best gifts for teachers? Do you abide by No. 24 on the Buzzfeed list—that “the best gift of all is just saying thank you”? Or do you agree with the above commenters?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.