While I cannot take credit for this great idea, still want to share. Part of the new school year is designed around building a positive classroom community where students know and trust each other. Tomorrow, my fourth/fifth grade team will ask students to bring five things in a bag that represent themselves. We’ll share our own bag to model the project and then allow students to ask questions about what we brought.
Me in a bag:
1. Since I will be sharing my bag tomorrow, on my birthday, I chose the lion stuffed animal my dad bought at the hospital the day I was born. It represents the fact that I am a Leo and reminds me of my family growing up. I heard the story of this lion so many times. It also caught most of my adolescent tears.
2. My travel yoga mat kills two birds with one stone. I love yoga, I love traveling. Easy. Debating whether or not to gross out the kids with a description of hot yoga…
3. The little green ball with the face belongs to my dog child Simon. Yes, I just called him that. No further explanation necessary. Although, I will note that he looked confused about why I went out to the backyard to get his toy and then put it in a bag instead of playing with him. He probably thinks we’re taking a trip. He knows that bags mean trips. Come to think of it, he’s now sleeping by the door.
4. I included my Buddha notebook because it is filled with my writing, which is obviously an essential part of who I am.
5. Last, I grabbed a wedding picture off the side table in our living room. The kids got a kick out of hearing that we met in fourth grade and I wanted to also show them that they can bring pictures and/or drawings if what is important to them does not really fit in a bag, (you’re welcome Alex that I did not ask you to get in the bag instead!).
Oh great … one more thing to try to figure out. 🙂 Very cool that you still have the stuffed animal from the day you were born … and, before it’s too late, happy birthday.