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Beginning of year

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Some Ways To Show My Students They Matter. This year we start the first day of school with a first day of school. And while there will be no orientation day, no meet and greet, I still want them to feel that excitement of a new year, a new room, a new group of kids, and definitely a new teacher. I want them to know that I am so happy to teach them, because I am! So I have been thinking of little ways I can show them how much they matter, feel free to add more in the comments. The welcome letter – I spend a lot of time crafting this letter because I want them to get to know me a little bit, get excited about the great things we will explore, and for them to feel welcomed. I change it every year, but here is last year’s letter as an example.

(Don’t mind the atrocious picture quality, I had to compress the file).The book bins – Every student will have a book bin waiting for them with books carefully selected from last year’s students. On each book is a post-it note explaining why the book was chosen and how much they loved it.