Saturday, August 18, 2018

Meet The Teacher

Are you starting to prepare for your Open House or Meet the Teacher night? Do you get those jitters and wonder "What am I going to say to the parents?" ....""Do I have to talk in front of all those people?"....."How will I keep the students occupied?"

I hear ya sista! It can seem like an overwhelming evening and you want it to go perfectly.  So how do you do that?  Well I have a few tips that just might help you out.

1. Make sure your room is prepared

If you follow my blog, you may have already read my post about how to get your classroom ready.  In a nutshell, you definitely want your classroom set up and ready to go before you get ready to greet parents and your new students! That DOES NOT mean that you have to go out and buy a bunch of new furniture and bulletin board displays.  But you should make your room neat and tidy.  Make sure things are clean and shining.  Have your centers set up, bulletin boards covered with fresh paper and border.  You want your room to be an inviting place for your new students.

2. Label Everything

It's a good idea to have everything labeled with your students names before Open House.  When your new kiddos come to meet you, they also want to take a look around the room and find their special places.  Where is my cubby?  Where is my mailbox?  Where is my seat?  By the time you finish labeling everything you will have all your kids first and last names memorized!

3. Sign Up Sheets

Will you want parent helpers this year?  NOW is the time to get those names!  I put sign up sheets for parties, field trips, etc on a table with some pencils.  During the evening, I encourage parents to sign up to help before they leave.

4. Prepare an Open House Packet

I think its a good idea to give parents a packet of information about your classroom.  Parents will have lots of questions at the beginning of the year and I'm sure you will try to answer many of those questions during your Open House.  But people forget things.  If you have a nice packet all typed up, your parents can refer to it throughout the year whenever they have a question about something in your room.

Some of the things that you may want to include in your welcome packet are:

1. Daily Schedule
2. Transportation Procedures (Car, Bus, etc)
3. Breakfast and Lunch Procedures and Cost
4. Parent / Teacher Communication Procedures (email, phone, notes from home, newsletters, etc)
5. Snack Procedures
6. Dress Code
7. Discipline / Behavior Expectations
8. Parent Volunteers
9. Grading Procedures

5. Send a welcome letter to your new students

About a week before the Open House, it's nice idea to send a letter to your students welcoming them to your classroom.  I like to tell them a little about our classroom and what to expect during our Open House.  I also ask parents to bring all of their child's school supplies to Open House.  Include the date and time of Open House and also your room number so that they can find you!

6. Collect school supplies

I always collect my school supplies in labeled boxes BEFORE school starts.  Have your students bring their supplies to your Open House or Meet The Teacher night and let the parents divide them into labeled boxes.  It will save you so much time and you will be ready for the first day of school!

I stack the labeled boxes in the hallway on top of the kids cubbies and parents/ kids can put the supplies right into the boxes.  At the end of the night, all you have to do is put the boxes into your cupboard and you are done!

Grab some free school supply labels here to make your first day of school run so much smoother!

7. Have a plan for the evening of the Open House

Be sure to have a plan for how you want your evening to go. Think about what you want the students to be doing.  Do you want them to do a scavenger hunt with their parents?  Maybe they can look for their cubby, their mailbox, their seat, the pencil sharpener, etc.  I like to show a powerpoint presentation to parents as I talk to them about our classroom.  It looks professional and helps me remember everything I want to say!  Read more about my Meet The Teacher presentation here. 

Now...are you am I going to get all this put together before my Open House?  No worries!  I have you covered. My Back To School Editable Forms and Powerpoint Bundles have everything you need.  Each set includes an editable meet the teacher letter, emergency contact forms, parent helper sign up sheets, birthday calendars, bus lists, and more.  Plus you'll receive an editable Powerpoint presentation that is perfect for your Meet the Teacher or Open House.

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