My kids totally loved finding out who their teachers are this way! Even if they weren’t that interested to begin with, they were definitely excited about their teachers after this! I think we’ll do this every year! I’ll tell you how I did it.
We used to have a great event at the end of summer, where we all got together and found out who our new teachers were and which friends were in our classes, via a list posted in our school window. We made an event out of it by giving the kids popsicles, parents signed up for PTA, and the kids got to play together after a summer apart.
This year, the district prohibited the posting of a list, for privacy reasons (though students were listed as ID numbers).
We weren’t going to let that ruin our fun. Our group of friends planned our own “reveal” party! My good friend was gracious enough to host, and at the last minute I planned a fun reveal for the kiddos.
Here’s what I did:
1. I made a list of the kids likely to come to our party.
2. I made little slips of paper with a teacher’s name and photo on it. I did a few likely teachers for each kid’s grade, as our school tends to reshuffle teachers. I filed them on that teacher’s page in the yearbook for ease of finding them later.
3. Moms looked up students’ assigned teachers online. The district announced the teachers would be posted online in our individual portals at 5:00p that day. Our party started at 4:30p so we were poised and ready.
4. Each mom came to me discreetly for their slip of paper with the correct teacher on it to fold up, and a balloon to stick it and then inflate.
5. We lined the kids up, and their moms handed them their balloons. We waited until they could all do it at the same time (we didn’t want balloons to float around and get confused).
6. We said, “Go!” and the kids popped their balloons and unfolded their paper strips to see their teacher!
I’m glad I included a photo, and not just the teachers’ names, on the slips. Some of us moms, and I imagine many kids, didn’t know who all the teachers are. The available yearbook was also useful for this reason.
Ways to improve it next time:
When the time came to log into our portals, some realized they’d forgotten their passwords and couldn’t log in (the whole district was logging in at the same time, so new passwords weren’t sent out). Major bummer. Remind moms the week ahead to try to log in, and get a new password if necessary.
The host didn’t tell moms ahead of time about the reveal activity (I had come up with it kinda last minute, and she wasn’t sure all the moms would want to so it), so the kids who came late already knew who their teachers were (we still gave them balloons with their teachers inside, which they still loved!). Tell the moms ahead of time that you’re doing this reveal, so they don’t spill the beans before it happens.
I think this would be fun even if you don’t have a party. It’s another way to get your kid excited about school starting!
(Sorry for the bad images. I didn’t bring a good camera.)