For me, being a teacher means being intentional outside of school as well as in the four walls of my classroom. I always tell students and families that if you invite me to a game, recital, or birthday party, that Mr. Donnahoo and I will make it a priority to attend.
Going to multiple parties can add up, so I like to be thoughtful, yet thrifty. We always stop by Dollar Tree and buy about five items that remind me of that child. It’s not as much about the present that you bring as it is about setting aside time to make your students feel special.