I HAD to share this — I haven’t been this excited to blog about school in a while!

Every year, I give kids a “Getting to Know You” assignment. It has the minions from Despicable Me on the front of it and says that I love minions (which I do — they’re absurd and adorable. No shame.) Kids have to fill in the blanks in a bunch of sentences, and it gives me some insight into who they are. Bonus: it gives me a chance to look at their handwriting, and I also get a glimpse of their number sense. 

Some of the questions are:

If I had $100 to spend, I would buy…

If I had $1,000,000 to spend, I would buy…

My favorite movies are…

One thing my teacher can do to support me this year is…

When I grow up, I want to be a…

One thing I am looking forward to in 6th grade is…

My favorite family memory is…

If I could go anywhere on vacation, I’d go to… because…


Some of the answers are so adorable! Kids say they’d give their money to charity, others are afraid of opening a locker, and some students say things that break your heart, like how their ideal vacation would be to visit their father who is locked away. (I had the last one a few years ago — I still ache for that little girl.)


At the end of the assignment, I have parents fill out their student’s strengths and weaknesses, and one additional thing that they think I should know about their student or family. I have great success with the assignment — kids love sharing and parents are happy that I take the time to ask them about their child. I keep all of the papers in a binder and re-read them from time to time (usually if I’m frustrated with my day or if I’m trying to reconnect with a student). 


As always, the answers I got were too cute, so I had to share just a few! 

I don’t remember when I was born.
Me too!
So sweet.
Nailed it.
Bahahahaha — I guess siblings take some getting used to?
Geez — I hope I’m one of the ones he likes.
Another sweetie pie.
Cute! This response was surprising from this little one.
Okay… There’s got to be something I don’t know about here.


I think it’s going to be a great year. 

Mrs. K