Every day in many households, children are dropped off at school bus stops or at the school gates to enter the building where they'll spend the bulk of their day in the care of those who are teaching them the skills that any adult in our society needs to function in this world. These skills include the subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also include the skills of how to get along with others, how to believe in oneself and one's abilities, and how to find one's place in the world in which we live. Teachers teach many of these things directly, but also teach by their very presence.
Most teachers are in the profession because they really love kids and really love the subjects they teach. Often teachers receive so much criticism and negative feedback, that it's a wonder they remain in the profession at all.
Those who teach are at the front lines of preparing students and so are in the front lines of how our future as a society will pan out. Parents, of course, are a child's main influence, but teachers are often a close second to the people that influence how our children will be prepared for life.
How often do teachers get the thanks they deserve for what they do?
Not often, really. Holiday gifts are just a small opportunity for parents to let a teacher know they appreciate their efforts. Even better than a gift is a kind word now and then to let a teacher know you understand what they do.
But if you want some gift suggestions, here are a few. I've started with gifts for preschool teachers and have ended with some ideas for those who teach older students.