Open house/meet the teacher night can feel like a mini-zoo! Greeting parents/students at the door, giving directions, answering questions...meeting your new kiddos is great, but with lots to do in a short period of time, your attention is constantly being pulled in different directions! Kristine Nannini - elementary school teacher, curriculum writer, educational blogger, and founder of Young Teacher Love - shares her tips and tricks (including 6 amazing FREEBIES) for a successful night!
- First, create self-directed, numbered centers. Complete with explicit directions and forms, instead of waiting for your instruction, parents can visit each of the stations on their own, moving from one to the next until they've completed all the paperwork, etc. Kristine provides editable station signs and editable copies of the documents placed at each center - the open house parent letter, parent volunteer sign up, transportation form, and parent questionnaire! Awesome, right!?
- Second, give students/parents a reason to leave the classroom for a short time! When filled with students and parents, the classroom can feel pretty crowded. Kristine suggests a school-wide scavenger hunt that'll allow families to mingle and students to 'show off' their school. Included in her post is a FREE copy of the scavenger hunt she uses with her kiddos' families!
- Third, don't forget to organize paperwork for students who can't make it to open house/meet the teacher night! Put together a folder of papers for each child, as well as a few extras to file away for new students. This way, the paperwork will be all ready to go home with the child(ren) on the first day of school and won't have the chance to get lost or tucked away somewhere between open house and the start of school!
It's amazing what a little organization can do for your open house/meet the teacher night! We're positive these tips and tricks will help bring a bit more order to the event - something both you AND parents will appreciate! For the full post and the awesome freebies, be sure to visit Kristine's full post over at Young Teacher Love!