I can't believe it's time to start thinking about Back to School! I'm thrilled to be part of a group of Secondary ELA Teachers in The Literary League and can't wait for you to meet all of us in this Back to School BLOG HOP.
I hope you've had a restful and relaxing summer and were able to recharge your "teacher batteries" for the upcoming school year. There's something I love about a new school year and I think it's the promise of possibility that lies before us! A fresh start, a clean slate... I love it.
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Speaking of meeting new people... meeting your new students at the start of the year can be daunting! I hope I'm not the only one who has crazy back to school nightmares where I can't remember anyone's name. One of my little tricks to help remember my students' names is to ask them to create name tags for their desk.
I know... you're probably thinking it's really elementary to do something like this. BUT... I think my kids like making them for a few reasons. First... it's not what they expect. They are expecting to hear me rattle off the course outline and my expectations for the year. Secondly, they love the chance to be a little creative. I give them card stock, provide coloring pencils, magazines, scissors and glue. I ask them to make their name tags representative of who they are. Thirdly, it helps them learn each others' names as they don't always know everyone in the class. It avoids having to awkwardly ask someone their name.
I store the name tags in envelopes labeled with the block / class. When a new class begins I can pull out the envelope, leave the name tags out on a desk and have students pick them up on their way in. They also drop them off with me on their way out so that I can keep them for the next class.
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I am so lucky to be part of such an awesome and amazing group of ELA teachers!