The end of the academic year usually brings about parties, free-time on the computers, games and when I was in year six, learning French! Yes this was before learning a secondary language was compulsory. However, with the end of my A2 exams in college, (UK) the only thing this has brought is the complete end to all lessons.
Oh and also the extremely tricky task of buying presents for teachers.
Firstly, there is the issue over whether you have to even buy presents for teachers when they have only taught you for a year or two. Some students I have met have simply dismissed the idea saying they are definitely not going to buy a present for that ‘crap’ teacher!
For me however, it is a simple decision. My teachers have been great in the two years I have spent at college (if you’re one of them reading this then look away now) and so I want to show my gratitude to them. It is more difficult though because as you get older, it isn’t your parents who are funding the presents but yourselves so teachers, if an older student gives you a present then know they do really mean it. The other difficulty of course is simply deciding what to buy!
You don’t want to follow the norm by giving just a box of chocolates as they would be finished and forgotten by the end of the day! When I finished primary school at the age of 11, I gave my teacher a glass swan shaped ornament which still sits on her desk to this day. That is the kind of present I like to give, something that is simple yet original.
That of course makes things difficult. One of the reasons why chocolates are so popular is simply because it is easy to pop down to the shop and buy them. Not that there is anything wrong in giving chocolates, it just depends on what type of present you woud like to give.
I have four female and two male teachers to buy presents for this year so serious thinking is required! What have your experiences been when buying presents for your teachers? If you are a teacher, then what was the best present you ever received?
Until Next Time