When you are a teacher, your students are always your students no matter if they are in your classroom or already in college or the workforce. I have been blessed with 13 years worth of students. I have had many students come in and out of my room. There isn’t a prouder moment than when they can come back and visit you. It makes building relationships feel worth the effort and energy.
Now that I’ve teared up, I want to share with you something special that I have done with my students the past five years. I wish I had started this with my very first group of students 13 years ago. What I Like About You is a day where I want my students to leave my room with a full heart and knowing how much I love them.
For each student, I prepare a slip of paper with a fun or sweet memory, tell them what I will miss about them, tell them why they are a great learner, and what I love about them. I then pull each student aside during the day and talk to them about their card. I try to also snap a picture of the two of us together to send their parents as well.
This is one of the best things that I do all year, because they take such pride in their little piece of paper and they walk a little taller the rest of the day. If you would like to use my template, download it by clicking here.