In Betty McNally's class, Curriculum Principles and Practices, we demonstrated our “Me Bags,” something we will later present to the students in our field placements.
The “Me Bags” contained stuffed animals, hair straighteners, footballs, and other personal items that demonstrate an aspect of the teacher candidates’ personalities. “Me Bags” are a way for our future students to get to know a little about us and begin to feel that we are relatable human beings, instead of just “a teacher.” Rather than being viewed as an outsider in the classroom, we become a person that likes stuffed animals or eating ice-cream. We hope that this will make students more inclined to listen to us about other things we have to say and share during our time with them in the classroom.
(Submitted by Ralph Black)