Ep. 6: Back to School Night Tips
When we as teachers plan for the beginning of the year, we often don't think about back to school, until it's right upon us. In this episode, I'll discuss tips to make your Back to School Night run smoothly and get you the results you want from your parents.
Tips for Back to School Night
Have a presentation
Don’t wing it. Have something visual for your parents to look at so they aren’t staring you down the whole time.
Plus, you can send the presentation out afterwards to parents that were unable to attend, and they will know what is important to your classroom
Slides you must include:
Contact information and tech used (e.g. Google Classroom, Class Dojo, etc.)
Unique aspects of your class
Donation slide: how parents can help your classroom
provide A Handout
This is a great way to showcase the really important aspects of your classroom. Include your donation list or link on this as well. Parents are more likely to give when they take this home with them, since there is a lot going on in their lives and they probably won’t remember what you shared after they go home. This helps serve as a reminder.
Have a Sign-in Sheet
Back to School Night is not for discussing individual needs. Provide a sign-in sheet which includes a column asking parents, “Do you want me to contact you? Leave your email if you’d like me to email you this week.”
Greet parents at the door
We are professionals. Let’s act like it. Greet parents at the door with a smile and a handshake.