It was time to put something new on the white board wall. Yes, you read that right. I have three of the walls in my classroom painted with whiteboard paint, plus whiteboard tables. Talk about thinking space. So today, on a whim, I wrote a question at the top. "What is the best thing about you?" and asked the students to write their responses. Some responses were short, some were long lists, but everyone enjoyed writing something. But the best part, for everyone, was reading the responses. Students put things you would expect, like "I care for animals." and "I'm good at soccer." But then there was "I am color blind." and "I am a loyal and loving friend." There was even "I love math." and "I am a good reader." It was very interesting to see what students chose to say about themselves. I can't wait to put some more questions on the wall. This was such a fun way to get to know each other just a bit better.