August 16, 2006
Here is a tip that I use for getting to know my students. For a first day homework assignment, I send home a small picture album (the plastic ones that come back when you develop pictures). Each child is to put in ten pictures that show their family, pets, favorite activities, etc. When they bring the albums back, they have the opportunity to share their book with the class. Every child loves to show pictures and even the shy ones have something to discuss. This helps all of us get to know more about each other. I save the albums to use for my Student of the Week board. After they've had their turn, I return the album and pictures to the student. This activity is great for opening week and gets the parents involved and participating right away.