Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers
Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers
PUBLISHED: Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Holiday season is approaching—but how do you show your appreciation for someone who positively impacts so many lives? Teachers of all sorts, whether in their first or 50th year in the classroom, can learn from and relate to these valuable books over the winter break. Spread holiday cheer by gifting these resources to your most beloved and hardworking educators.

  • A Meaningful Mess: A Teacher's Guide to Student-Driven Classrooms, Authentic Learning, Student Empowerment, and Keeping It All Together Without Losing Your Mind helps teachers understand why traditional teaching strategies are no longer working and what they can do to engage and empower this generation of learners. Such strategies and tools include Genius Hour, Makerspaces, flexible learning spaces, meaningful technology, global learning experiences, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and reflection. 

  • What to Expect When You're Expected to Teach Gifted Students: A Guide to the Celebrations, Surprises, Quirks, and Questions in Your First Year Teaching Gifted Learners is perfect for any teacher new to the field of gifted education. This practical, easy-to-read guide addresses specific topics related to gifted education, including students' social-emotional needs, ways to advocate for gifted and advanced programming, and tips for continued professional learning. 

  • The Educator’s Quick Reference Guide series presents concise guides for educators new to various topics in gifted education. 

    • Differentiation provides educators with an easy-to-read overview of differentiation strategies, such as extension menus, independent study, flexible grouping, and more. The guide includes descriptions of each strategy, how to use it in the classroom, how it serves students, and tips and techniques for making it your own. 

    • Grit in the Classroom offers an overview of ideas for creating a learning environment that fosters grit development for all students, regardless of ability. The guide also describes grit and its connections to perseverance, growth mindsets, goal orientation, and talent development. 

    • Growth Mindsets will help teachers build a growth mindset school culture, wherein students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential. The guide describes components of a growth mindset learning environment, including equitable access to advanced learning, growth mindset praise and feedback, deliberate cultivation of psychosocial skills, and more. 

    • Curriculum Compacting provides educators with a brief history and rationale of curriculum compacting, as well as strategies and ways to implement this practical and inexpensive method of differentiating both content and instruction. The strategies included enable classroom teachers to streamline the regular curriculum, ensure students’ mastery of basic skills, and provide time for stimulating enrichment and acceleration activities. 


  • Genius Hour: Passion Projects That Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry allows students to experience personalized learning through self-driven projects, application of standards and real-world skills, and opportunities to learn through failure and reflection. The book includes handouts, suggested online resources, and tips and tricks to make the Genius Hour process meaningful for students and manageable for educators, as well as a discussion of Genius Hour’s importance and impact on gifted students as they take ownership of their own learning.

  • A valuable standalone resource or companion to Genius Hour, Ready-to-Use Resources for Genius Hour in the Classroom: Taking Passion Projects to the Next Level provides practical advice and a wealth of hands-on resources for teachers to implement Genius Hour, or passion projects, in the classroom.