Tuesday, August 15, 2017

7 Tips To Rock Meet The Teacher

Are you starting to stress about 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.  If not, you can take a look at it here.  But in a nutshell, you definitely want your classroom set up and ready to go before you get ready to greet parents and your new kiddos! 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, label, label

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 out for parties, field trips, etc on a table with some pencils.  During my presentation, 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 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!  Do you need a letter to send your students?  I have 4 different versions that I made just for you as a FREEBIE!  They are super cute and editable so you can add your own information.  You can grab a copy here. 


6. Collect school supplies

I always collect my school supplies from the kids BEFORE school starts, if possible.  Have your students bring their supplies to your Open House 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 have some plastic tubs from Dollar Tree and I label them with the different supplies.



I stack them 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! It will also make your first day of school run so much smoother if you are not trying to collect supplies that very first morning. Do you need some labels?  You can grab a FREEBIE here!



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.  Do you want to do a presentation for the parents?  What will the students do during that time?

I usually do a powerpoint presentation that lasts about 15 minutes. I put tubs or play dough at the tables to keep the kiddos occupied.   I have a lot to go over with the parents (see #4 above) and this is the only time I have them all together as a captive audience.  I find that a when I go over all of my classroom procedures during Open House my year goes much more smoothly.  Students remember to bring their snack.  They turn their homework in on time.  They get to school on time.  Everything goes much smoother because I took the time to tell the parents exactly what was expected.



Now...are you thinking....how am I going to get all this put together before my Open House?  No worries!  I have you covered.  Everything you need is in my Back To School Forms and Powerpoint MEGA BUDLE.  Included in this bundle are all of the Back to School forms you need including Helper Sign Up Sheets, Bus Lists, Birthday Lists, Emergency Contact Info and so much more!  Also included is a Back To School Editable Powerpoint.  All you need to do is customize it with your own information.  Also included is an adorable Back To School Welcome Pack ~ also customizable for your own needs.

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Ok friends....looks like we are all ready for our Back To School Open House!  Hopefully you are able to take away some tips to help you out!  Have a GREAT YEAR and stop back soon because there's always something fun happening in....



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