The first day of school can be overwhelming and exhausting – you are getting to know your kids, and your kids are getting to know you. Try this fun idea for an introduction with primary sources – your primary sources. This is called an Artifact Introduction. I use this with both my students and the adults I teach in workshops, and everybody loves it. What is even more fun is listening to the conversations as they try to figure out the details of your life.
I start out putting the kids into groups of 3 or 4. I give each group an large brown envelope and just tell them that their job is to find out as many details as they can about the individual in the envelope. (I don’t tell them that it is me.)