Meet Your Teacher

Most teachers spend a great deal of time at the beginning of each school year getting to know their new students and doing community building exercises so the students get to know each other.  But, how do you introduce yourself to your students?  Some students come into the new school year with a lot of anxiety about their new teacher.  What will he/she be like? Will she have  sense of humor, does she like animals...? 

Each year on the first day of school, I spend a little bit of time introducing myself to my students, letting them see me as a person and not just the new teacher that they are stuck with for the next 9 months!

I start by using the cooperative learning strategy Round Table.  They send a piece of paper around the table and brainstorm questions they have about me, what are some things they would like to know about their new teacher.

After I have given them some time to brainstorm, I show them a Power Point all about me!






As I go through the slides, I tell them a little bit about the members of my family since they will hear me tell LOTS of stories about them throughout the year!


 



I end the slideshow by talking about all of the reasons that I love third grade and giving them a few things to look forward to.

After the slideshow, I have them look at the list of questions they brainstormed and cross off all of the questions the slideshow answered.  Then I let each table ask me one questions that wasn't crossed off. 

It's a great way to introduce yourself to the students and ease some of that anxiety on the first day.  They understand that I'm not just a teacher, that I have a family and interests outside of school...that I'm a real person!  Then we get down to the business of getting to know each other!

Join us all month as we share ideas to help you get ready to go back to school!

Blessings,
Jennifer
The Blessed Teacher

6 comments :

  1. I love this idea! I always do an All About Me bag on the first day because that is their homework for the first night! I will have to add this though for later on in the week though. On our first day, we only have the kids for 3 hours and those FLY by!

    Blessings,
    Becky from
    CookingUpSuccess

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  2. I love this! My kiddos always have so many questions for me. This is a great way to answer those and for me to share pics so they can see who I will be telling them stories about. Definitely something to include during my first week.

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  3. I love your slideshow! Would love to have it and be able to edit it!

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  4. What a cute idea. I really like the round table questions. It will set the tone for accountability right away in a very fun way.

    Debbie

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  5. What a wonderful way for your students to get to know you!
    I also love that they eliminate questions that have been answered - turning it into a good critical thinking activity as well.
    Thanks so much for sharing this very useful and fun activity!
    xo Pam
    Hedgehog Reader

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  6. I love the idea of having them brainstorm questions, and then going through your slideshow! What a great way for them to get to know you and to learn more about their teacher! Thank you for sharing!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 

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