…And am apparently on a coaster kick. I was laying in bed thinking about teacher gifts and remembering some of the memorable (both good and bad) and not so memorable. I taught second grade in a low-income school, and never expected much in terms of teacher gifts. A verbal “thank you” from a parent meant much more to me than any candle ever would.
I’ve received some strange gifts. A 5-foot tall lawn ornament reindeer. 100 fresh egg rolls. Hummus (a gallon drum of it). A large, pink, singing gorilla.
I’ve received some lovely gifts. Beautiful, handwritten notes; photos of my students and their families; gift cards; a handmade nameplate for my desk.
And then there are the costly, but impersonal gifts that I often didn’t use: candles, potpourri, figurines. I swore to myself that as a parent I would let teachers know I cared, but try to do so in a way that showed I put some thought into it.
Playing around with the Scrabble Coaster idea from yesterday, I grabbed a few more tiles and some chalkboard paint to see what I could come up with. And voila! I have chalkboard coasters/hot plates. I chose a slightly larger tile so that it could function as a coaster, hot plate, or cheese plate.