In the beginning of the year I started at a new school. The hardest part of my job in the beginning is getting to know so many new students. I have around 500 of them and it takes a couple weeks to get a handle on names, personalities and what makes each student tick.
Knowing students names is always first on my to do list. Being at a brand new school I did a lot of name projects at the start of the school year. Having their names always in front of them really helped me with memorizing their names
I had students write their name in all caps. They were to tilt their letter, make sure they were all touching, and filled up the space of the paper. We had talks on negative and positive space. Students were then asked to fill the negative space with areas of pattern. They could not repeat patterns and they were asked to really stretch their minds to be creative.Upon completion we talked about artists making money. We talked about what it means to be a professional artist and how someone would go about supporting them self if they chose to be an artist. Kids had many ideas and were excited about the fact that you could make something and sell it to make a living. This discussion lead us to our completed project where I told them that I would make copies of their designs so they could use them as cards. Students were very excited to have a product that they could bring home and share with family and friends.
When I passed back the cards students were instructed to write a letter to a favorite teacher or adult that had helped or inspired them in some way. We reviewed how to start and end a letter and kids took it from there. They were excited to tell someone that what they did made a difference and they are looking forward to delivering then during teacher appreciation week.