Let’s face it, going back to school can be a challenge for all students. Sure they miss their friends, they like the routines, but the unknown is there. Each August and September, kids around the country head back into the classroom. No doubt, home schooling children also wonder what the year will bring for them. As a teacher, I would also wonder about my students.
- like the books I picked for Language Arts?
- adore reading and writing or some be reluctant?
- challenge me and help me learn as an educator?
- be actively engaged in my science experiments and apply it to real life?
Of course, there were a lot of others as well. To try to get a feel for my kids, I did two exercises. First, I sent homework for the parents. I asked them to tell me about their children in a million words or less. I explained that they know their kids and I need as much to help their individual children to be as successful as possible. What are strengths and or weaknesses? Is there anything that I should know? This was to open up the lines of communication and included my e-mail and websites for them to keep in touch. I also asked each of my students to write me a note. I wanted them to tell me about their summer, who they are, and something unique about them. The fun part – I wrote a hand written note back to each and every one of them. Did I mention I was a middle school teacher at the time with 4 or more groups of students?
As a parent, I have to say it is a lot more intimidating. I know my child, but the new teacher does not know him. Will they understand all of the ways that he does things? How can I help them to do this without stepping on toes? Some of you may have already gone back to school and others, like us, will be heading back after Labor Day. This year, I have been seeing something new on blogs. People are giving back-to-school gifts to teachers. I never had this when I was teaching, and have not seen it within our schools. Yet, I have to admit I am intrigued.
Imagine giving your teacher a magical box filled with Disney goodies. We all need a little Pixie Dust, no? My friend Holly included post-it notes, hand sanitizer, paper clips, and other items that teacher will love within a reusable storage container. I love those ideas and would possibly add in a gift card for coffee and/or a mug. In addition to this, I would personalize it from us. To do this, it would have to be done Disney Style! Include some Disney pens/pencils, Phineas and Ferb list paper (Target $1 bins almost always has Disney items), Toy Story note pads (Michaels $1 area), and Disney stickers for reward use. Of course, a note would be included with a thank you for being my child’s teacher. I know he will learn and grow and be a part of your classroom family for the upcoming year. I would give my contact information and then toss in a little Pixie Dust for good wishes.
It isn’t too late to do something special for the teachers in your life. What would you add into this from your Disney Driven Life?