Sunday, December 8, 2013

Gifts for Teachers: Take My Survey Please!

A friend, whose child is in kindergarten (so this is her first experience with a child in public schools), posted this question on Facebook (paraphrased here):

Another parent suggested that every parent donate $20 for a holiday gift for the kindergarten teacher, and $10 for the teachers' aide. This seems a little excessive to me, with almost 25 kids in the class, but is this what people do?

So please, take my survey.

If you are a parent, what do you usually do (if anything) for holiday gifts?
If you are a teacher or an administrator, what would you like parents to do?
If you are not a parent, teacher, or administrator, what do you think about teacher gifts? Do you remember giving them?
(For those of you who are both teachers and parents, feel free to answer from both perspectives. I will publish the results later this week.)

[Update 12/11/2013: The survey is now closed. But the results are here!]

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  1. Ruth, thought this link may help the conversation...AAPS Holiday Guidelines which includes a note about "token" gifts for teachers...not a specific dollar value intended to be small and not costly....or handmade gifts are always appreciated!

  2. Thanks Liz, I highlight that in the next post. Actually, those Holiday Guidelines have much more information than just information about token gifts. They are well worth reading! And my friend in Plymouth-Canton schools informs me that they also have guidelines about token gifts.