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She had the idea of having the parents make a list of all the things that they would like me to know about their child. I turned it into a Circle Map (and my love of Thinking Map continues...) and set them out on the desks.
What I got back in return was THE MOST REWARDING AND EYEOPENING perspective of the students in my class. Reading the responses allowed me to see these children for who they are....children. These kids are the world to someone else. They mean just as much to another mother as my own children mean to me. They make someone smile at the drop of a hat, make them cry in the blink of an eye, and make them instantly proud, worried, excited, scared, and loved all at the same time.
What's more, they help me later in the year when I am so completely fed up, on my last nerve, or about ready to lose it realize that this is a child that someone loves. I am able to take a step back and react in a way that I would want someone to treat *my* child. Using this simple little activity during Back to School Night has really helped make me a better teacher to my students.