Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Graduation Gifts for your Students

It seems to me that it is just as important for a teacher to end well as it is to begin well.  Educators speak a lot about beginning well, but I almost never hear anything about ending well.  I want my students to know that I've genuinely valued the brief intersection of our lives, and I want them to have a memento of our time together that will be meaningful to them in the future.  I imagine that you feel the same way!  But how to come up with meaningful gifts that won't cost a fortune?  I found an interesting idea on Pinterest that I thought I would try this year.  

You will need:  an old copy of Le Petit Prince (or any piece of literature that you've studied together), a picture frame and a printer.

  I chose a famous quote from the book, which we had read and studied together, and printed it on a page of the book in a different direction so that it would stand out.  I also chose to add a little art work.  I was very pleased with the results.  What do you think?

The total cost for this gift was $10 since I was able to find the frame on sale for 40% off at a local craft store.  I chose to make these for each of my Advanced Placement students since I've taught them for the past 5 years.  I hope they will remember their love of the French language and all the happy times we spent together learning when they look at these in the years to come.  I really liked how these turned out, and now I'm thinking about making one for myself!  Do you have any great ideas for graduation gifts?  I invite you to leave a comment!  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. :)


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