I've been asked to write up the Autograph Album Project and have it placed in the Teacher's for Teacher's file on ETNI.
Each student was given a 40 page plain , blank notebook for which I printed the cover on a colored A4 sheet. When folded in half, the sheet forms a cover for the notebook. On the cover I printed both the Hebrew and English date and "My Authograph Album in a nice font. I distributed several printed pages entitled:
"These are a few of my favourite things" - I listed various categories - book, movie, game, food, class trip, sport, hobby, etc, for each student to fill in.
"Let's keep in touch" - A page decorated with a telephone and pen for listing phone numbers, e-mail addresses and place for the students' names.
"Happy Birthday to you" - Decorated with balloons and birthday cakes for listing each girl"s birthday.
"My teachers" - Listing all the teachers who taught the students from 1st to 8th grade.
"Remember When" - A place to write anecdotes that they would like to remember.
After putting the project together, I thought of other possibilities like "Last Will and Testament," and "Famous Last Words."
The students chose those printed pages that they wanted to include and went around the room filling in the information for each of their fellow students. We reviewed together the list of wishes that I compiled for them , (see part II). I typed out a wish of 4-5 sentences for each student on an small card to be pasted in their albums.. Having taught the students for 2 years, I got to know each individually and was able to find something different to write to each. Then the girls got to work writing to each other. My only rule was that all the wishes written during English class ( I gave them a double lesson for the project) had to be written in English. I was there to give ideas and make corrections. The girls decorated their albums with stickers, colored markers, etc.
The students asked me to make up my own album so that they could write to me also.
Of course, the students are now very busy running around the school getting autographs from former teachers of theirs, and other staff . These extra wishes are not being written in English, unfortunately, but will still serve as a fine way to remember their first 8 years of study in the Shaked School of Sde Eliahu.