Is it the beginning of the school year? No matter how many years you have been teaching, the first week of every school year may still be overwhelming. I created this activity for you to take a little break, have a bit of reflection time, and connect with your students. Print the resource pages and be guided by my notes below.
Page 3 Drawing
I don’t know how many students you have in your classroom, but I hope this will work out for you. As the students are completing their own Dear Teacher pages (Download here
), call them one by one. Give each one of them 2-3 minutes. You draw them as they draw you. Look at their faces and observe them. You may ask them few questions such as “How do you want me to call you?” or “How are you today?” But spend most of the time just observing their faces, intuitively sensing their condition, and drawing them. Lastly, please don’t forget to smile. That may be the first genuine smile they see today. And you want to be smiling in their drawings, don’t you?
Page 4 Introduction
Take some time to introduce yourself to your students. Who are you? How long have you been teaching? Why did you become a teacher? Where did you study? Who are your family members? Do you have a pet? Also, share your contact details and favorite quote.
Page 5 Self-Portrait
Unleash your creativity and draw a self-portrait. Relax and have fun! Draw your different faces when you are angry, sad, joyful, and surprised.
Page 6 Things I love
Share a few of your favorite things during the first day of class. What are your favorite things? What are some interesting facts about you? What makes you smile?
Page 7 Letter
Write a letter to your students. Because this is the first day of school and you still don’t know each of them, you may want to create just one letter that you will give to all of them. In this letter, include what you want them to learn this year as well as what do you want to learn from and about them. Your letter may be serious or funny. It’s up to you. But make it heartfelt. This may be the letter they will still be reading many years later as they go through life.
At the end of the activity, use the contents of your letter to introduce yourself. Then let them introduce themselves to the class. Take their letter as you give yours to them. Listen to their introductions. Listen to their stories.
I’m with you on your journey as you spread love in your own classroom. Believe in yourself.
Ruby Jane ♥️
P.S. Save ink and paper. You may want to print the first four pages in quarters. That would be on page 8. Then at the back, print your letter (page 7). You can see a sample finished letter on page 9. ;)
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