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Top Gifts for Terrific Teachers!

Updated on April 3, 2013

A Special Gift Guide for Top Teachers!

Great teachers are special people who seem to have a magical quality to not only kindle our curiosity and imagination but also leave us with a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." ~ Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, (Turkish Quote)

Whether you are a parent, a student or a co-worker of one of these amazing teachers, the holiday season is a perfect time to give a unique, thoughtful gift of thanks back to these angels who disguise themselves as the people we call "Teacher".


10 Teachers Who Changed the World

1. Confucius- (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher and teacher. Founded Confucianism based on morality and social responsibility.

2. Plato- (428-348 BC) Greek philosopher. Said to have founded the first University.

3. Aristotle- (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher, scientist and teacher. Wrote first texts on many scientific subjects.

4. Galileo Galilee- (1564-1642) Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, led The Scientific Revolution.

5. Sir Isaac Newton- (1642- 1727) English mathematician and natural physicist. Considered by many to be the greatest teacher who ever lived.

6. Henry David Thoreau- (1817-1862) American poet, author, teacher and philosopher.

7. Friedrich Fröbel- (1782-1852) German educator. Founded the first Kindergarten ("garden of children").

8. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) Italian physician and educator. Developed the theory of teaching and classroom organization that stimulates children's senses.

9. Albert Einstein- (1879-1955) Theoretical Physicist, professor

10. Stephan Hawking- (1942- ) English theoretical physicist, cosmologist


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A touching poem dedicated to your top teacher

Teaching Is..#170, Touching 8x10 Poem, Double-matted in Dark Green/Burgundy And Enhanced With Watercolor Graphics. A Gift For A Teacher.
Teaching Is..#170, Touching 8x10 Poem, Double-matted in Dark Green/Burgundy And Enhanced With Watercolor Graphics. A Gift For A Teacher.

"Teaching Is...... A commitment to instill knowledge in the minds and hearts of all students. It is so much more than just a job., It requires a love of humanity, ...... a belief in the human spirit, ...... a dedication to excellence, ...... and a resolve to make a difference in the lives of others..

It is the foundation upon which all forms of progress are based.. Those who were destined to teach, spend their lifetimes investing. in the dreams of their students, and in so doing, their own dreams invariably come true. ......

To enlighten.... to awaken..... to inspire...... all of those, whose lives they touch...this is their dream! "


Do You Have an Inspiring Teacher? - Happy holidays!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I always love and respect my teachers.

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      Yeah, I have an inspiring teacher. My mother, who taught five year olds for forty years.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Being a teacher is a challenging and difficult job. Thank you for publishing this lens. It's an important tribute to those who build the future.

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      smsr0100451 4 years ago

      Congrates for LOTD. I have read your lens already and want to say that Teacher make people, people make Nations, so respect the teachers.

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      nicey 4 years ago

      My parents were my best teachers.

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      jura 4 years ago

      Great gifts i think apple is best to give to teacher .

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Thanks for thinking of teachers. I appreciate your thoughts.

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      a2zlifestyle 4 years ago

      . I am glad to know about the teachers who change the people by their opinion!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      Great lens. Nice to know that there are people out there who would dedicate their time to appreciate educators. :)

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      squidooblogger 6 years ago

      Cool list :D

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      victoriuh 6 years ago

      I would love to add my English teacher from 7th and 8th grade. Truly a gem!

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      markettrol 6 years ago

      Great gift Ideas for teachers....Thank you

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      Only one of the "changed the world" list is alive. Why aren't people like this more common these days....?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice list of great teachers.

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      kviwhite 6 years ago

      good news, I like it.

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      MyTimeAlone 6 years ago

      If I could request a a gift to myself this year (I'm a teacher), it would be for each student to receive the support and knowledge they need, when they need it. It would be meeting each student at their own station in life and helping them along the path to a greater understanding. It would be for them to walk away from our room a more self-confident and better person than they were when they arrived.

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      nsixx99 6 years ago

      This will be my first year buying presents for teachers. I am excited more stuff to buy :)

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      Merstarr 6 years ago

      Love the list of teachers... I'm thinking the world today needs a few more highly influential teachers. Here's hoping!! If it were my list I would credit Joseph Campbell as well... his work changed my world :)

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      MilesSmiles 6 years ago

      Thanks; great ideas-hopefully this can inspire some of the students out there who REALLY appreciate their teachers and what they do for them.

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      nursecraft 6 years ago

      cheers to the teachers-a wonderful tribute to those inspiring souls!

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      JZinoBodyArt 6 years ago

      I had several great teachers who still effect my life today. I think that October Sky is somewhat of a teacher tribute as well. Maybe not in the top 10 but definite a good one.

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      bfreebies 6 years ago

      Now I know who is the famous teachers who changed the world. Thanks.

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      iijuan12 6 years ago from Florida

      Interesting lens.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had several and I truly appreciate them.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      This has been helpful. Thank you for sharing.

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      reflectionhaiku 6 years ago

      This is so helpful. Thank you for sharing -

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      TobyHeatonArmstrong 6 years ago

      Loved the starfish!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      enjoyed my visit here today, thank you, earned a squidlike from this reader.

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      seeker2011 lm 6 years ago

      A friend in the Philippines passed her final exams and is now a licensed teacher. How she got there was more than a struggle. The best part is she will now teach the children of her mountain village who can not afford to go to school. Without teaches who are we!

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      seedplanter 6 years ago

      My high school English teacher stopped me after class one day and told me I "had a way with words." Her words encouraged me to pursue writing, and I've been writing for publication for the past thirty-one years. Words have a lot of impact. I'm so glad she took time to tell me that.

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      WorldVisionary3 6 years ago

      Great ideas! Thumbs up

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      seosmm 6 years ago

      Great ideas. Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

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      JoshSteinRealtor 6 years ago

      teachers are super important! great ideas

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      JoshSteinRealtor 6 years ago

      teachers are super important! great ideas