($15) This book is a collection poetry that gets to the art and joy and beauty of teaching. It includes both poetry for teachers to use in the classroom, and poetry that will inspire them in their journey. Each of the poems in this book was chosen by a teacher. Whether the recipient is pursuing a masters or Ph.D. in education, or is an education professor, this book is sure to be appreciated. The editors of this book have also compiled a second collection of inspiring poetry for educators, Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach.
($35) A lot of educators have pets in their classroom–especially for elementary education and special education, it gives joy to the students and teaches responsibility. Yet even middle or high school teachers, or college professors, can enjoy a classroom or office pet. And a small fish is perfect–they are low-maintenance, yet active. This FishHotel is a stylish aquarium for a small fish. It has a striking modern design, and the outside surfaces can be painted other colors. If several FishHotels are purchased, they can be stacked for a tall, condo-like appearance.
($100-150) The McKlein women’s leather briefcase is a stylish way to carry things back and forth from home to school. It comes in a variety of colors: black, green, orange, pink, red, aqua blue, and cherry. It’s made of high-quality leather, features multiple compartments with intuitive organization, and is both a practical and stylish gift both for education grad students and professors. It includes a high-density laptop sleeve. For men, Samsonite offers a highly-rated leather briefcase which includes a padded laptop compartment.
These giant post-it notes are 20 inches wide and 23 inches tall. There are so many applications for these post-its, from the college to the elementary classroom. These post-its have a light adhesive on the top, and can be stuck to any surface without causing damage. They are sticky enough to be stuck on one surface and then moved to another. They are great for class discussions, because unlike a white board or a blackboard, you can save the results. They can also be used for group activities: each group can be given a post-it note, and then at the end of the activity, the class post-its can be brought to the front. For anyone who teaches–whether an administrator, special ed teacher, or high school English teacher, these post-it notes will have wide appeal. The original comes with an easel-pad; you can also purchase a set of two refills which can also be used on their own.
This glass bowl is shaped like an unzipped disposable glass bowl. The sides are realistically crinkled. It is durable, dishwasher-safe, and made of hand-blown borosilicate glass. Education Masters or Ph.D. students, or professors, are sure to love this distinctive decorative bowl that can be used to hold candy, nuts, a fish, or anything else. Teachers and educators always need decorations that match their personal style. If you’re looking for a more classic bowl consider this Aqua Decorative Bowl or this Fifth Avenue Crystal Venezia Bowl.
Many educators are moving away from the stereotypical red pen for marking papers. Purple pens are a great alternative. These pens have excellent ratings, due to their comfortable design and smear-proof ink. Each box contains 12 pens, and if you don’t like purple, there are seven other colors.
($300) This HDMI Pocket Projector attaches to almost any smartphone, laptop, tablet, or camera. It features built-in speakers and focus control. It is sure to be loved by any professor or graduate student, whether in a Masters or PhD program. And even if a school has projectors or other technology for check-out, there’s a certain ease to having your own, anywhere you are.