The idea of gifting a remote teacher’s Christmas gifts has been around for years, but this year it’s becoming a more common and popular practice.
In 2018, the University of Toronto’s department of education hosted an online panel for the public to discuss the practice.
Participants shared their thoughts and ideas for gifting their remote teachers’ gifts, and the results are worth a look.
Here’s what some of them had to say:We decided to get a remote education educator a gift this year, and it worked out great!
A lot of the teachers who were in attendance, some of whom are in remote teaching, said they thought the gift was a great idea.
The idea of gift giving remote teaching was one of the many suggestions on the panel.
The panelists all said that they appreciated the idea of a gift giving event.
“I think it is important to make a gift to someone who has the opportunity to give back, to those teachers who have no one else to give to,” said Jennifer Ritchie, who is teaching in a non-profit school.
“They can give back and I think it’s a really great idea to do that, because we really need to encourage that.
I think if we want to help the students we are trying to help, it’s important to give them a little bit of joy and a little something to do.”
Julie Stang, a teacher in a school in Toronto’s southwest, said that gift giving is one of her favourite parts of teaching.
“It’s just such a great feeling.
You just know you’re giving back to someone else,” she said.
Stang is an online teacher at the remote education school she is teaching, where students work remotely in the summer months and have a lot of autonomy.
The school does not have a teaching licence, but students have access to their own iPads and laptops.
“We are not allowed to have laptops, we can’t do anything like that, but we have iPads and we can make the classes work,” she explained.
“We are just able to make the assignments.
We can get a class to do something, so it’s not just us doing it, it is the students and the teachers and the students working together.”
Stang said she is thankful for the gifts her students get for their teachers.
“You can’t give gifts to strangers,” she joked.
“My teachers give me gifts and that makes it easier, and I’m so thankful for that.”
The gift-giving panel also discussed the possibility of giving teachers’ Christmas gifts, such as school lunches, to students in the class, which can be very difficult for students to receive.
The University of Waterloo’s Department of English is currently conducting a pilot program that will allow students to donate their lunches to the school’s students.
The school is accepting the donations, which will then go to the students.
“The idea is to get the students to take home a bit of food to help feed their families during the school year, but also to get students to get involved in the classroom, and help the school,” said Amanda Kincheloe, the program’s executive director.
“So students will donate their lunch, which they can give to their teacher, to the student, and then the school will get a portion of the food that was donated to the classroom.”
A couple of the panelists agreed that giving a gift for a teacher’s birthday is also a great way to give something back to the teacher, or for students who are struggling.
“If I’m a teacher and I can help somebody, I want to do it,” said Sara Seaman, who teaches a second language.
“That’s why I have these students and so I’m very thankful for this opportunity.”
If you would like to learn more about gift giving, you can read more about it in this article on The Globe and Mail.