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So…it’s that time again. Back to school. The time of year where we realize we can no longer stay up late and are forced to get back into a routine. No one understands this feeling more than a teacher. I love teaching, but the end of summer is the worst thing in the world. However, I have to put on my big girl panties and do it!
So, I recently made the decision to change schools this year. As some of you might know, I have taught third grade the last six years in a charter school. However, this year, I will be teaching fifth grade math in a public school. I am super pumped and ready for an adventure. Stay tuned for a ton of fifth grade math blog posts! Due to this change, I will be leaving one of my best teacher friends, whom also switched schools. For the last six years, she has been my go-to partner in crime. I guess you could consider her my teaching soulmate.
I Gave Her Some DIY Back To School Gifts
I decided to wish her luck on her new job with a new teaching job gift basket. These DIY back to school teacher gifts were a few dollar tree goodies and a personalized clipboard. Overall, I think it turned out to be pretty awesome. As I have mentioned in the past, my crafts don’t always come out the best, but the intent is definitely there.
What Gifts You Can Get at Dollar Tree
First, the Dollar Tree teacher section is awesome. I got some pencil sharpeners, thumb tacks, a notebook, sticky notes, binder clips, and magnetic tins. Six bucks! Every teacher loves having all this fun stuff!
Next, I bought a dark colored clipboard from Office Depot. It cost about five bucks. Then, using my Cricut, I created the whole thing. She loves elephants so I found this awesome tribal elephant for free in the Cricut store. It took a lot of time peeling and sticking, but it looks awesome so I think it was definitely worth it. The quote is also a favorite of hers. However, there are so many different teacher quotes you could easily use. The possibilities are endless!
All in all, I had a pretty cheap, but thoughtful gift for her. This could also be perfect to create for your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year or even as a holiday gift! Also, a great go-to gift for a first year teacher.
Let me know how yours turned out! We would love to see pictures of any DIY back to school teacher gifts you have created.
And if you’re needing a little motivation for the beginning of the school year, I’ve written a post on back-to-school tips and motivation for teachers.