There's an article in today's Toronto Star called Good-buy, teacher!. It's about what to buy your child's teacher as a thank you gift at the end of the year.
I went to school in Nova Scotia (I graduated from high school in 1980) and I never gave my teachers anything at the end of the year. I never thought about it. My mother never bought anything to give to them ... she probably never thought about it either. And I don't remember any of my classmates giving teachers anything either. Maybe they did and I missed it??
Younger students give their teachers a gift on TV shows. And there's the McDonald's commercial where the two boys enthusiastically give their teacher half-eaten Chicken McNuggets.
Apparently in real life, all grades, from kindergarten to high school, give their teachers thank you gifts.
And I don't think it's a bad idea.
Did you give your teacher thank you gifts when you were in school? Do/did your children?