As always, the end of the school year snuck up on me a little bit. I mean, don’t get me wrong; I was SO ready for the end of the year. But with our Artifacts Night in May, I really felt like we were teaching and testing and working hard all the way up until the last week. Suddenly, I felt like “Holy moly! I need to get some gifts!” I know not everyone gives their students going away gifts, but I like to give them a little something. I ended up loving what I did this year and how I pulled everything together and I’ll likely do something very similar to it in the future. Also, most of what I bought was from Dollar Tree and it really helped me keep costs down! I know there are a ton of ideas out there, especially on Pinterest, but here are some of my ideas for student gifts from teachers at the end of the school year.
On Monday, I checked out our mobile cart to do one.last.assessment and decided it would be fun to have the students create Wordles for each other.
I showed the students how to change the font, layout, and colors so they could personalize it to match what they’d like. I only gave them about 4 minutes to do that though because I knew they would spend forever working on that part if I let them. It was also fun to talk about how specific traits really matched students and that nearly everyone used the same one for specific students. Gerald’s up above really shows that he’s funny and that’s what students identify with him.
I had my computer up as well so it was fun to see what the students wrote for me. Just a tip: the program reads each word individually so something like Miss Maguire or best teacher ever gets separated. I was not aware of this beforehand so make sure to explain to students that it works best if they use only one word. Although, Miss Wonderful Maguire works for me! 😉
On Friday morning, the students desks had surprise gifts as they walked in.
I’m sad to see this year wind down, but I take comfort in knowing that we had a great year and I’ll see so many of my kids again next year!
Happy summer days will be here shortly!
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