World Teachers’ Day is coming up on October 5, and teachers are working harder this year than ever before! As a former teacher, I can picture the stressed-out mess I would be if I were still teaching today. So I’m going to suggest (even though you might be a stressed-out mess, too), that you thank your child’s teacher(s) with a book. Yes, cute handmade gifts are lovely! But there’s only so much shelf and desk space, y’know? But if you give a teacher a book they can use with their students (and that they don’t have to buy themselves), your fabulous gift keeps giving for years.
Maybe your teacher has a book wish list. Or you could get a gift card to your local independent bookshop, if you have one. I’m not saying it has to be one of my books (though I’d be honored if it was:>) I’m just saying a good book would be a gift to the teacher and to all of the teacher’s students, too. Books were always the teacher gifts I appreciated the most!
Here’s a poem from my poetry book for teachers. I hope you’ll think about all that teachers are trying to give your kids during these really shifting and difficult times. And if you don’t have the funds for a book, a heartfelt note of thanks will be appreciated, too!
[My Classroom Connections posts share a way to connect one of my books or poems to a classroom topic–often something timely that you might be covering in the next month or so. Please share this post if you have educator friends who might be interested–thanks!]