Some of my blogger friends have joined together to share ideas to make that start up successful. You can check out the link at the bottom of the page to visit their blogs and check out their ideas.
In my district, we get our students from last year for the first week of school. The numbers are gathered and the classes are formed based on the registrations for the current year.
I want my students to be excited about returning to school and to my classroom. Noticing the differences in the room is an instant topic of conversation when they enter the door.
I feel it is important for the kids to connect with me and who I am in the classroom and outside of the classroom. It is neat to have them ask questions throughout the year about my grandchildren and my cat. Many times they will beg for one more story!