Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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What do teachers spend their weekends, evenings, and vacations doing? Grading papers.

The most useful gift you can give a teacher is TIME, because we never seem to have enough of it. But how can you help a teacher grade all those papers without letting the cat out of the bag?

Give your secret teacher pal rubber stamps. Let’s face it, sometimes those papers pile up, and you can’t find enough time to grade all of them. When that end-of-your-rope moment occurs, what you need is a quick easy way to say, “CHECK!”–I graded it.

  • Here’s a set of Good Job! stamps, selling for $4.00 for four wood-based stamps, on Amazon.
  • Here’s a set for English teachers, with messages like, “Check Grammar” and “Rough Draft”.
  • Here’s one that shows the insect life cycle, for your science teacher friends. It’s $4.55 and eligible for super saver shipping.
  • These are healthy foods stamps for the health teacher, but they’re a little pricey at $15.47.
  • For teachers of math, they’ve got giant number stamps (3 inches in diameter ea.), a blank clock stamp (for learning to tell time), and an X-Y axis grid stamp that looks like graph paper.
  • Once you’ve bought the rubber stamps, you’ll also want to buy your teacher pal some ink. Here’s a set with three different colors for $5.85.

There are lots of ways to divvy out your stamps. Give them, one at a time, in a gift bag with other things like candy and pencils. Or wrap each one in a  little box with a ribbon and give the stamps as individual gifts. If you buy a set of 10 stamps, you could divide them up and give your secret pal one stamp per gift day, spreading out a $20.00 set so that they become ten, $2.00 gifts.

One last thing: although it’s a little more spendy, here’s a website that offers educational self-inking stamps, youth-group-themed stamps, business stamps, and more. You can have a self-inking stamp customized with your teacher friend’s name on it (great for marking his/her classroom library’s books and other stuff) for $13.95. Imagine giving your secret pal teacher friend a self-inking stamp that says, “This book belongs to Mr. Garcia”. How cool is that? 🙂

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#SecretSanta Sign-Up Sheet for #Teachers

I get lots and lots of visitors to this blog for my Secret Pal/Secret Santa sign-up sheet form.  So I didn’t think it would hurt to re-post it as we approach the holiday season:

Secret Pal Sign-up Sheet 2

I always appreciate when someone shows their appreciation for my creations by passing this on through social networking. 🙂 Please feel free to tweet it, pin it, re-blog it, or link to it in any way.

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List of 10 #Giftideas for #TeacherAppreciationDay on #Education

Tuesday, May 3rd, is Teacher Appreciation Day. Since you may need a little time to find or make your gift, I thought I’d post my Teacher Appreciation Day gift ideas a little early, in April.

Here’s a smattering of great ideas for Teacher Appreciation Day gifts:


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Make Sun Cupcakes With Candy Corn

sun cupcakeSo your secret pal teacher friend has been having a tough time getting through his school days?

He needs a little sunshine in his life! Why not make these wonderful sun cupcakes I found on Pinterest? (That link will take you to the right page so you can re-pin, follow, or visit the original designer.)

Here’s a little springtime poem you can include with your cupcake:

When the sky is clear

We know spring is near

May this little sun

Bring you lots of fun

And plenty of springtime cheer

Remember, if you use my stuff, it’s always nice to show your appreciation! Like it. Tweet it. Tell a friend. Thanks!

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Secret Santa Sign-Up Form for Teachers

I get lots and lots of hits for my Secret Pal/Secret Santa sign-up sheet form.  So I didn’t think it would hurt to re-post it as we approach the holiday season:

Secret Pal Sign-up Sheet 2

I always appreciate when someone shows their appreciation for my creations by passing this on through social networking. 🙂


Free Printable Teacher Appreciation Card

Teacher Appreciation Day isn’t until May 6, 2014, but why wait until May to show your appreciation for a teacher? Why not give your secret pal teacher friend a card that tells you he’s/she’s awesome right at the very beginning of the year?

Here’s a card I designed for that very purpose. Just set a chunk of chocolate on top or tape it to a scented candle. The images on this card are my own creation:

Poem to Show How Much You Appreciate Your Teacher

Images: Chelly Wood

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Secret Pal Sign-Up Form for Teachers

I realize it’s the end of the school year for most of us, but someone recently sent me a message asking me to re-post the sign-up form that I normally post in August (right before school starts). What can I say? I’m happy to help.

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For all of you who plan to teach summer school, this is a great way to keep a friendly tone in the staff room during those hot summer months. And remember to check back with Secret Pal Teachers, to see what kinds of gifts I recommend for summer fun!

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A New Year’s Resolution for a Teacher

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My book is on the road to publication! YAY! And with this change, I need to downsize some areas of my life and refocus others. Sadly, this website, which averages about 1000 hits per day in December, is not my top site. So just like I did last year, I’m only going to post secret pal ideas and secret pal poems once a month from January through November of 2013. In December of 2013, I’ll go back to posting weekly Secret Santa ideas.

Meanwhile, if you’re a teacher, and you want free worksheets, games, activities, and Powerpoints, visit my more popular website, English Emporium, where I post a weekly freebee for teachers.  I’ll also post news of my book’s publication there, so you’ll be the first to know when it’s available.

If you need a brilliant idea for a secret pal, I’ve got lots of good stuff here. Click on any of my old posts for some fantastic poems, gift ideas, and patterns for gift boxes. You can also message me through this page.

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Secret Pal Questionnaire Form Sign-up Sheet

Are you ready to kick off the new school year with a secret pal sign-up sheet? Well I have it right here for you, with a fall theme and lots of great questions like:

  • What are your favorite crafts or hobbies?
  • What do you collect?
  • What foods are you allergic to?

Download the document right here on my website and get busy handing those out to everyone who wants to be a secret pal this year. Before you make photocopies, be sure to fill in your part as the administrator of the Secret Pal program:

  • Who do we return the form to?
  • Where and when will we meet for the big reveal?

And there’s even a spot for you to write in the name of each participant’s secret pal (just in case somebody forgets whose name they drew). Here’s the document you want to download:

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Remember to check back at this website for great secret pal gift ideas, and have fun everyone!


This Secret Pal Gift Is For the Birds!

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In conjunction with my April gardening gift ideas, I’m going to give my secret pal some bird-lovers’ gifts. I found this simple window bird feeder at Fred Meyers for eight bucks. That will be the first gift I give my secret pal, with regard to bird feeding.

Then, for the days that follow, I’ll be giving him a few additional bird-related gifts:

1.) The Beginner’s Guide to Bird Feeding by Donald and Lillian Stokes

2.) Cellophane-wrapped bird seed.

3.) A bird-shaped outdoor thermometer.

4.) A hand-painted wooden bird house.

Now the second of these gifts will be something I can spread out over several days’ time. You simply buy a big bag of bird seed for, say, six to ten bucks, at a gardening store. Then get some pretty, decorative cellophane (or tulle) and curling ribbon. Bundle the bird seed into fist-sized bunches and wrap it with curling ribbon. Be sure to put a gift tag on it that says, “birdseed,” so your secret pal doesn’t think it’s for him/her to eat!

And like I said with last week’s gift, you might include some other goodies, like packages of garden seeds or pots for plant starts. That might be a cute way to give your secret pal the birdseed too–inside a plant start pot with a curly ribbon around it and a gift tag explaining what it’s for (to go with the bird feeder you gave as a first gift).

The hand-painted wooden bird house is a fun little gift. You can decorate it with your secret pal’s name, his/her favorite color, or something silly (like camouflage print, if he likes to wear camo or shamrocks if she’s Irish). This makes the gift very special and personal.


If you’re an English teacher, like me, and you’d like to see all my cool assignments and stuff online, here’s the link to my academic blog. I hope you get something good there too.

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