At the beginning of the year, I introduce myself using 'Me In A Bag'. I put a few items that represent me in a large paper sack. In my sack, I put a paintbrush because I'm an artist, my favorite book, my favorite food, pictures of my family and my pets, my favorite CD and a cookbook. The children sit around me and I explain the significance of each item as I pull it out of the bag. This helps the kids get to know me as a person. Each child has a turn to bring in his/her own 'Me In A Bag'. This gives everyone in the class a chance to shine.