Memory Collections and Community Building

Like every teacher, I spend part of each summer imagining the students who will be in my care for the next 180 days and thinking about the best way to begin the new school year. Right away, I want to begin cultivating a classroom community based on trust, and I also want to get the academic learning going from day one. I've tried the usual: summer souvenirs, "Me" boxes, and "All About Me" bags to help students get to know one another in those critical first days of school.
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