Series: First Days of School: It's Always Awkward in the Beginning

A Pledge to My Soon-to-be Students
Lesson Objective: Connect with students on the first day of school
All Grades / All Students / Class Culture

Thought starters

  1. How does this practice affect classroom culture?
  2. What does Ms. Wessling include in her pledge?
  3. What would you include in your pledge?

What does her pledge say?

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I just added the link to it under "Supporting Materials." Thanks! 

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I do not see the link you mentioned, can you re post?

Thank you,


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Julia, sign in and click on the Supporting Materials tab under the video. The link is the 2nd item listed. Thanks! 

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Can I get a copy of the pledge? 

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I also would like a copy of the pledge as an example.


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I wish that we could view the text of the pledge.

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I do something a bit similar. I write a friendly letter to introduce myself, and to let them know a bit about me. I also ask them questions in the letter. I give them the letter to read silently, and I ask them to write a letter back to me. But I do like the idea of the "pledge". I too would love to view the pledge. 

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  • Pledge to My Students Transcript

    Speaker 1:            Okay. Last thing before you leave. I have something for each

    Speaker 1:            Okay. Last thing before you leave. I have something for each of you. I like to start the school year thinking about my students before I even meet them. And so I write a pledge to them about the kind of teacher I want to work towards being for them. I print that out. I hand-write their name, hand-write my name, put it in an envelope, hand-write their name on it and give it to them. You don't have to do anything with this other than read it. That's all there is to it.


    Marcus. I've had students who have gone through the class come back and tell me how much that note caught their attention, that they were supposed to open up this envelope and inside there was this letter to them. Jonathan, here you go. I do think that there is some power, power in the idea that I am giving them this letter, that I was thinking about them before I met them. Riley. Thank you.

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School Details

Johnston Senior High School
6501 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston IA 50131
Population: 1541

Data Provided By:



Sarah Brown Wessling
English Language Arts / 10 11 12 / Teacher



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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture