Last year, when I was a brand new teacher, one my of colleagues let me know that it was customary for teachers to do something silly in their yearbook/ID photos. I was so grateful for the tip - it’s the little things that can make a new workplace seem welcoming, and it would’ve felt awful to be left out of the fun on Picture Day.
So my 2012-2013 photo features a stuffed unicorn, and this year I brought my stuffed sloth for Picture Day! My students gave me the sloth last year as a gift, because I love sloths (they know this because I like to show cute sloth videos if we have extra time after grammar lessons.) Her name is Neon, after the class that organized the gift. We recently got our prints and I think Neon and I look great!