Meet the Teacher Night is fast approaching in school districts across the country! It’s a great opportunity to introduce your classroom and teaching style to families as they come to visit. More importantly, it’s the first real opportunity to create a relationship and establish communication with this year’s students and parents. Instead of just telling families about the information they’ll need to provide, give them an opportunity to submit the things you need to get the year off to an organized start. This great idea by Karen, a 1st Grade Teacher in Wichita Falls, TX, uses Meet the Teacher Night to help with the collection of first day of school transportation organization. Check it out!
Collect Information at Meet the Teacher Night
“My school schedules our Meet the Teacher Night before school opens. I have come to regard that night as my personal ‘Collect Information from Families Night,” Karen chuckled.
“To set it up, on each child’s desk, I place two sticky notes labeled as follows:
• Child’s Name________
- Transportation First Day: __________
- Transportation, Remainder of the Year: __________
I then call parents’ attention to the notes and have them jot their information down as they listen to my presentation about our upcoming school year.
After parents leave for the night, I collect the notes and organize them onto a clipboard. ‘Transportation’ becomes ‘Simplification’ as I use the notes to dismiss kids that first day (and all the remaining days) without a hitch. Later on, I transfer the information to a Transportation Poster that we post in our classroom.
While I use this strategy to manage transportation at dismissal, you could also use it for other purposes, such as to have parents sign up for volunteer work in your class or to schedule parent chaperones for field trips, etc. It makes parents feel involved right from the start and helps to minimize some of the first week of school paperwork going home. It also helps the classroom run much more smoothly, which makes for happy students and a slightly less stressed teacher.”
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This article was originally published in 2010 and updated in 2016.