Historically Speaking: These Cards are Punny
Building relationships in the classroom is one of the most important things we can do as teachers. These "punny" cards have helped me in my classroom, so I thought I would share them with you! We all know the phrase:
"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care."
One way that I like to make my students feel special is by writing them a hand written note at least once during the school year. My first couple of years, I would write them letters and mail them out, but now "I'm ballin' on a budget"¹ as the kids say, so I just hand them out at random points throughout the day. Another thing is so give it to the principal and have them call the student to the office like they're in trouble. I can't help myself, sometimes I just have to mess with the kids.
I like these cards for a couple of reasons:
- They are versatile! I put a few funny phrases² and pictures on the front and then leave the inside blank. This allows me to use them for just about any scenario. I use them to say "Congratulations," "Great Job," "Thank You," "Happy Birthday," "Keep up the Hard Work," or whatever the case be.
- They are small, so I don't feel the need to write a whole lot in order to fill them up. I can just write something quick and simple. We know as teachers, our days get very busy, but I know I can find 1 minute to stop a write something to one of my students.
I have yet to see a student who has received a card with Abe Lincoln flexing on it, not smile. Everyone loves getting a hand written note and because I'm a nerd I try to tie history in with it. However you use them, I can guarantee it will help you improve the relationship with your students in your classroom!
Below are some of the cards that I give to my students for birthdays, thank you's, and/or congratulations. They are posted to my TPT store! There are small cards, big cards, black and white (because teachers are "______³ on a budget" and ink isn't cheap), and color. I hope you enjoy them and let me know how you are using them in your classroom! More are coming soon!
¹I try to say things like this as much as possible in the classroom. If it can get an eyeroll and a student to say "Please don't ever say that again." I'm using it. For example: Me: I bring my lunch to school everyday, I'm ballin' on a budget.
Student: Please, don't ever say that again.
Me: You got it Fam, Bless UP.
²My wife would disagree with the funny phrases and could be grouped into the student category "Please don't that in front of people."
³If you said "ballin'" you are right way to go! I have just the card for you. "From One History Buff to Another" You are awesome.... If you missed it I have just the card for you too. "From One Hisssstorian to Another"... You will get them next time!