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Preparing For a Successful Back-To-School Night

TOYS Discussion - Back to school night imageHave a successful Back-To-School Night for parents with tips and hints from Maryland's Teachers of the Year. Whether you are a brand new teacher or a veteran, Back-to-School Night can be difficult. Careful and thorough preparation can help you succeed with confidence and clarity. This night sets the tone for the entire year; it’s the event that can open the door to trust and cooperation.

 

 

 

Question: What are some tips, strategies, secrets, or advice you could give to new teachers to help them prepare and thrive during Back-to-School Night?

 

  • Create a welcoming classroom atmosphere:
    • Smile at parents as they enter the room
    • Provide refreshments
    • Offer alternate times to meet if parents are unavailable
    • Display student work
    • Be yourself - the way you are with the students
  • Initiate communication with parents and get parents involved:
    • Ask parents to sign in and write down their email/phone number
    • Try to talk to each parent personally
    • Ask parents to introduce themselves and say who their child is
    • Create/share a classroom website. If a parent was absent, they can see what they missed
    • Share upcoming resources like extra-curricular activities, web resources, or other resources that relate to the subject matter
    • Share dates for parent/teacher conferences and class expectations
    • Provide extra copies of important documents (course syllabus, book lists, etc.
  • Approach Back-to-School Night as a team:
    • Prepare a presentation
    • Allow parents to meet all teachers if possible

 

For more information, try one of these resources:

 

Bright Ideas for Back-to-School Night (Reading Rockets)
Get ready for a great Back-to-School Night with ideas and materials to help plan the evening, encourage attendance and participation.

Back-to-School Night Preparation
Learn some useful tips and ideas to prepare for a successful Back-to-School Night.

Back- to-School Night Checklist
Take some of the planning pressure off your jam-packed schedule with a checklist to help you put your best foot forward on Back-to-School Night.

Back-to-School Archive (from Education World)
Find useful articles on everything from preparing for the first day of class, to dealing with homework woes, coping as a new teacher and ensuring smooth sailing for substitute teachers

Back-to-School Night Preparation (Elementary Teachers)
Make a strong, positive first impression on your students' parents with a brief schedule of Back-to-School Night activities.

Back-to-School Night Preparation (Middle School Teachers)
Create strong teacher - parent relationships at the beginning of the year with this helpful article.

 

 

 

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