One of the advantages of teaching at a PK3-12th grade school is the continuity you have with students. I really do get to see my kiddos go from baby to young adult. It is really special to be a part of that!
Since I teach so many of the same people every year, I have a good grip on what they know, and they have a good grip on what I expect. I like to begin every year with a reminder of warm and cool colors.
So, above are the 2nd graders warm/cool stained glass portraits and the 1st graders "cool hands/warm hearts." I'm really proud of the 1st graders because they traced those hands themselves! I just cut them out, and I was true to their lines. Didn't they do a good job?! And, they also joined all the pices together too. I'm so proud!