It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! You remember growing up how some of your best teachers shaped and enhanced your life as a kid. They introduced you to things in the world and opened your ideas to learning ideas that still stick with you today. Teachers are sometimes the unsung heroes of the world. We rely on them to teach our children, but we sometimes take for granted just how important and valued they are. Think about how much time per school year that they spend with your child. Take your average 4th-grade student. He or she will spend on average 7 hours per day for 180 days each school year with their teacher for a total of 1260 hours. That’s an incredible amount of time spent each year teaching your child. So it’s essential and necessary to show the teachers in your life how much you appreciate all their time and effort. It does help teachers morale to receive a little “thank you gift” during this time.
In the early days of schooling in America, the common gift to give a teacher was an apple. This symbolic gesture has still lasted through the years, and many times on literature or ads to do with teachers you will see an apple symbol. In 2015, you have to be a little more creative with your gift ideas than a simple piece of fruit for a teacher. Here are some of the best, “out of the box” ideas for gift for the teachers in your life this Appreciation Week.