Over half way through the year, and now working as a job share (with each other incidentally), we decided to ask the children to write down something they wanted us to know. We've gotten to know them quite well, some more than others, but there's always more to find out.
Some wrote down things we already knew, others wrote about school or home, and some were really surprising:
- a boy whose parents have separated;
- a child who had recently overcome a fear;
- someone who had taken up a new sport;
- a girl who pointed out she'd like us to stop getting her name wrong.
So, if you get 5 minutes, ask your class, "What would you like your teacher to know about you?"
It'd make a really good transition day activity, first day of term task or, as we did just ad hoc...