Forget the apples. Forget the Starbucks Gift Cards. Forget homemade cookies.
This year give teachers gifts that they can not only truly enjoy, but truly use to make them better at what they do.
- Time Machine – specifically one that looks cool.
Maybe something akin to the DeLorean in the iconic movie Back to the Future. If there is something that teachers really need, it’s more time.
Think about, grade a set of papers, go back in time and grade some more. Didn’t get enough sleep the night before? Don’t hit the snooze button. Go back in time and get some more shuteye.
The fact that the time machine comes in the form of a Delorean also means that transportation is taken care of.
- Segway – with a cool helmet to use.
Imagine doing lunchtime duty with one of these! Preserve energy and look really official while riding. Flames on the side should also be considered.
- T-Rex Statue
Put one of these in the classroom and allow students to decorate it with costumes that resemble characters from novels studied or historical figures or other educational visages. Student will love it and, frankly, you would be the coolest teacher on the hall.
- Karaoke Machine
If a teacher likes to hear himself / herself talk then let them sing a lesson. Performance art at its best. Finally that Heart of Darkness, The Musical your AP Lit teacher has been working on can be performed as it should be – in the classroom.
- Powerful Megaphone.
For those who do hall duty in large buildings or have students in the back of the room who refuse to listen.
- Drone with Eye on the bottom
This would allow for proctoring from afar and would allow for the teacher to make students feel like they were being watched while taking tests.
- Cloning Machine
Now teachers can get to the multiple meetings that always seem to be scheduled for the same time.
- Sonic Screwdriver
No a toy replica – a real one. Something like this could fix the copy machine, printer, the network connection, and the phone without having to put in a work order.
- Rita Skeeter Magic Pen
This would allow the teacher to write down whatever is said while doing something else. Take notes, jot down ideas, etc.
- Freeze Ray
This would help ensure that when the teacher calls “TIME!” then everyone really stops working. This is especially good when giving timed tests.
Commonly seen in the Minions Movie, the Hypno-Hat would be very good when speaking to legislators concerning the conditions in public schools.
You literally can show up in the most needed places. Maybe even use for county meetings that you can’t get to on time because of traffic.
Honestly, there is no explanation needed. Loyal to a fault, fun to converse with, and easily the best deterrent a teacher can have against discipline problems.
- Eye of Sauron
Don’t think that having an eye on students is not key for school security? Well, this can watch the entire school at one time.
Hot coffee anytime. Home baked goods? Anytime. Forgot lunch? Taken care of.
Being thoughtful is not hard to do and if you really value those teachers, then help them do what they do best even better!