Thursday, August 2, 2012

WELCOME YOUR STUDENTS WITH A FUN "GIFT" {Teacher Tip #19}

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How crazy cute are these bookmarks?


These would be great to make as Holiday presents for their families. They would be incentive for kids to read. They could be used as accents on a bulletin board. I already have visions of creating an interactive board for measurement in math by displaying my kiddos' pictures hanging from different length strings that the class measures, converts and records as a center.

{note to self: add that to my yearlong planner so I don't forget to do that}

OR...

If you want to be perceived as a really fun teacher from day one, you could whip up a batch of these with pictures of yourself and give them to your new little friends as a "welcome" gift. You could print a label to go on the back of each picture that reads, "Welcome to ____ grade! I'm so glad we get to 'hang out' together all year." 

OR...

You could also razzle 'em, dazzle 'em and win them over from day one by doing this version of this using a photo of yourself:

Except I don't recommend using Target gift cards unless you REALLY want to win them over. :)

Instead, I suggest using a homework pass.

Because that is a gift that is loved by students and parents alike. I'm speaking as a parent. Sometimes you just want a break from the homework.

A goofy little gift like this is a novel idea because:
  • it shows your fun side
  • it will let the parents put a name to a face if they haven't met you yet
  • it will send the kids home on day one feeling excited
I always include a homework pass in my parent orientation packet as well. 

And as a holiday present.

And I sometimes use them as prizes.

I created printable cards and homework passes that you can use to welcome your students to a new year. This product was designed as part of my versatile, ink-saving Blackline Design Collection.  
{click here to access and print my Welcome Cards & Homework Passes}
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