Welcome Back to School!


Welcome Back to School!


Welcome to the Class of 2022

Starting a new school year generally means we need to start new relationships. To fast-track the getting-to-know-you period, I give my students the following resource (attached). It means that, at a glance, you can see their hobbies and interests. Then once you've got that picture into their world, they can dig a bit deeper and give a brief summary of their strengths and weaknesses. But, relationships work both ways, so I model the activity by filling in my own virtual locker. Giving students a glimpse into my own life forms the basis for a positive working relationship.

Virtual Locker

 

Virtual Locker

Pepeha

In addition, because I live in New Zealand, we start the year off by doing our pepeha. A pepeha is a way of introducing yourself. It will usually follow a set format and identifies who we are, where we're from and where we belong. Pepeha is used in a Māori context, but the idea of making ourselves known to others is universal.

 

Pepeha (Introduction)

Feel free to take this attached Keynote and adapt it to the needs of your own students.

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Posted on August 28, 2022

Love the idea of Pepeha! Such a great idea for the start of school!

Posted on August 28, 2022

Thanks, Cheryl. It is a great way to connect people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Posted on August 30, 2022

This is a great resource and I love how you include the Maori culture into your teaching.

Posted on August 30, 2022

Thanks for the feedback JJ!

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