I love getting mail! Some email... yes... but real MAIL. The kind someone actually wrote, put a stamp on it and put my name as the address. I LOVE IT, and unfortunately I don't get much of it... besides bills. I don't count that as real mail.
And who doesn't love real mail??? During the summer last year, I sent postcards to my kiddos and I had all but one child come to Meet the Teacher Night. I don't know if it had anything to do with my postcards, but hey... it didnt hurt ;)
This year, I will be at a new school teaching 6th grade... yes.... I am a little worried about it. It will be my first time teaching this grade level so I am trying to prepare myself as much as possible. I figure though... if everyone loves mail... so should 6th grade kids. And what if my mail gave them a challenge... something to think about that would result in a prize on the first day???
So that's what I did. Postcards... except instead of writing Welcome to 6th Grade... I put a picture of me in front of the "bean" in Chicago. (I vacationed there this summer).