I bought my student teacher a teacher tote bag. Then I went to the dollar store and filled it with items she might need when she got her own classroom (pencils, erasers, stickers, markers, note pads, post-its, some basic classroom decorations like calendar, borders, holiday posters, etc.) It was a big hit!
Lucy Nazarian Bauman
The last few years I’ve taken a class picture, printed it in 5×7, and matted it in a 11×14 frame. The kids and I signed it. It turns out super cute and it’s not too expensive.
Have the kids put together a book for her – have them write what they liked the best about your student teacher and illustrate it . This will be kept forever by her, guaranteed!
The tote bag is a great idea, you can have the class sign it with markers too. Be sure to include a book store gift card 🙂
GO TO SNAPFISH.com. THEY HAVE SO MANY OPTIONS IN MEMORY BOOKS….THE ONE I SAW WAS FAB.
When I was student teaching my cooperating teacher gave me an apron and had each of the students put their painted handprints on the apron. SO cute and I use it almost weekly and it always make me think of my student teaching kiddos!
Oh and with the apron she had each of the kiddos draw a picture of their favorite thing I taught them. The cover of the book was a picture of them. I still have the book and love it!!!
You could have your students bring in items for the tote as well and have them write her a special note to go with their items.
Sara Steward Cooper
I usually buy the book: First Day Jitters and a gift card to amazon…I also buy a 99 cent small photo album, and I have the kids draw a picture on a 4×6 index card for her. I fill the other pages with pictures of the kids and teacher quotes.
Nicole Sharell Perry
When I was student teaching, the class threw me a classroom shower. I received tubs of office supplies, borders, books, etc. I guess it depends on how attached the class is to the student teacher
Trish Ann Darcy Silverman
You could have them do fingerprint pics on the tote
a collection of things she can use when she gets a job….desk accessories, pointers etc for her class, computer paper in cute designs, gift cards to teacher supply stores or to places like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.
A subscription to Mailbox or Teacher’s Helper.
Laurie Burky Vosicky
I got my student teacher a fleece blanket with pics of him and the class on it. It was from Snapfish. It nearly brought him to tears!
Vicky Adkins Yocum
Gift card to a bookstore!
Wrap fake flowers and pens together with green floral tape, then put them in a plastic flower pot with little rocks or beans. Easy to grab pens that look pretty, voila! I still have mine after 5 years from my cooperating teacher! My whole school now uses this idea in each classroom 🙂
Gift card to Lakeshore Learning or Walmart!
Jen Staples Rodriguez
Gift cards are the most useful…
Gift cards are a good idea. I got mine a Dr. Jean CD. Something small:)
”The New Teacher Book” published by Rethinking Schools Publications.
Lissie Aliotti Antos
If I were student teaching, I would want either books for read alouds or a Gift card. I got a bunch of supplies I had to pack up and drive 2,000 miles home with. Nice, but inconvenient. 🙂
One year I did a subscription to Mailbox Magazine.
My students and I brought in supplies that she might need in her classroom – stickers, stamps, crayons, glue, border, etc. we then made a bag with everyone’s handprint. We also made a book -“I like Ms. _______ because” and every student filled out a page. I actually still have my book from when I student taught!!!
Another bag idea – get a black bag and silver fabric marker. The kids write their name and draw their own face! My para loved it last year!
One of my master teachers got me a gift certificate for a massage. It was exactly what I needed!
I give mine a canvas or denim bag with the kids handprints and names on it. They love it!!
Emily Petersen Schaub
As a newlywed, I appreciated the fruit basket a cooperating teacher gave me. She got a bushel and asked each student to bring in a piece of fruit. Twenty plus pieces of fruit might be a bit much for a single person though!
In the past, I have given a yearbook that all the kids signed and a tote bag (we did thumbprint ladybugs) full of scholastic books (I used my points to get the books).
Joni Dale Libglid
I like to give my student teachers a canvas bag filled with things they can use when they get their own classroom. A timer, a two sided red/black pen, 2 clipboards with their initials printed on them, a pocket chart, ABC and Math flash cards, a teacher apron, and a framed photo of the students holding up a thank you banner.
Keri Smith Thomas
I always do something professional (like an engraved desk plaque) along with something personal (like a pedicure).
Marie Patterson Hanna
My kids all brought it something small and we placed in basket or tote.
Catherine Cason Rutkoski
I bought my student teacher a copy of the book, Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden. It is a great book for a new teacher. I inscribed it and had the students each sign it.
Alyson Quaglieri Yoha
I bought my student teacher several bulletin boards (Oriental Trading) that could be used for any elementary grade level. We also did the class photo- matted and framed- then all the children signed it.
Megan Hopkins Dunkel
When I was student teaching the teacher got me a sweet tote filled with things I would need in my classroom. It was very helpful when I started my first year of teaching. A friend of mine got a candy jar with the students fingerprints on it. They made the fingerprints into little insects. She uses it as a treat jar in her class now. Too cute!
Melissa K. Harris Armann
I always do a gift basket with things to help start a classroom. September bulletin boards, name plates for desks, etc…
A 31 personalized teaching bag filed with all kinds of teacher stuff.
Gwen Nickolaison Strong
When I was student teaching I got a basket full of office/classroom supplies. Gift cards to a teacher store, or Office Max would be good too!
Lisa Dester Gray
I gave my student teacher’s gift certificates to a teacher store because they have nothing when they start teaching. I also had the student’s put their hand prints with paint on an apron with several pockets and their names so they would always remember the first class they taught.