A Show of Hands Yields Great Results
Get everything you need for your class with this idea by Connie, a 3rd-4th Grade Teacher, from Wilmington, NC.
For Meet-the-Teacher Night, I put up a Helping Hand bulletin board that highlights items or services I need for the classroom. I cut out small paper hands and glue them to index cards and write the items requested on the hands.
Some of the items I ask for include recordable CDs, ink cartridges, page protectors, erasers, etc. I also post jobs for parents to help out with, such as Book Order Coordinators, Room Parents, etc. I post the cards on the board and invite parents to remove a card of choice (one per family so everyone can participate) and send the cards back signed (so I can send thank you notes) along with the item or promise of service.
This article was originally published in the August 2011 Classroom Connection newsletter. Read more great teacher tips and ideas from that edition below: