Archive for December, 2010

Gifts for the Math Teacher in Your Life

 I wanted to make some suggestions in case there were people trying to find the perfect gift for that fabulous math teacher they know. First, I have to insist that this is not a thinly veiled wish list of my own. (Seriously, mom and dad. I have a lot of these things already.) But these might be on the wish list of another math teacher out there…

FASHION

T-shirts are ALWAYS a good call. There are 180 school days in a year. That’s 180 opportunities for a different math t-shirt. I’ve linked to other t-shirts in a previous post, but these are my latest favorites:

http://www.neatoshop.com/product/Math-Puns-are-the-First-Sine-of-Madness

http://www.neatoshop.com/product/Brainier-Than-The-Average-Bear

The only way to possibly look better in a math t-shirt is to also wear measurement suspenders. Oh my.

DECORATING

It is always nice to get stuff for your classroom. I mean, teachers spend a lot of their life in there.

http://www.amazon.com/ThinkGeek-7AC3F-Quiz-Math-Clock/dp/B001JPKWU8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1282341256&sr=8-2

My sister got me something like this last year:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/20822212/count-with-me-vinyl-wall-numbers-decals

It is also possible to order a personal message in vinyl if there is something your particular teacher might want to post – something like “MATH RULES!” for example.

JUST A GIFT

Teachers don’t use a lot of chalk boards anymore, but this is still fun…

http://www.spoonsisters.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=62501

Last year, I had all of my students write super sweet messages on a mug for a teacher-friend. When you bake this mug in the oven, the writing becomes permanent:

http://www.starbucksstore.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=188578

DONATION

I also think that it would be a really lovely thing to donate to education in a teacher’s name. You can check the most popular teacher donation websites like www.donorschoose.org to see whether whoever you are buying for has posted a request.  Personally, I think it is even more amazing to choose a specific gift for a child in a war-torn or disaster-stricken community. $20 buys a pair of school uniforms. $25 provides a school meal program for one child. And the list goes on…

 

https://www.oxfamamericaunwrapped.com/Education-gifts.html

Of course, the very best gift in the whole wide world is a letter from a student. This year for my birthday, my colleagues collected notes from the 96 students we teach together. They twisted each message around a hershey’s kiss. I keep the bag of notes on my desk, and I open one or two when I am feeling especially worn out. They are an amazing gift that will stay with me long after I’ve eaten all the chocolate. 

And now, it’s time for me to spread a little bit of the love. Thank goodness we have the holidays as an excuse to give a gift to the teachers in our lives who we appreciate so much.

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December 3, 2010 at 2:58 am 3 comments


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