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Mar 30, 2016

Ideas for Open House

Open House and Back to School Ideas

We have just a few more months left in the school year and the end of the year Open House night is approaching!

I wanted to revisit a few quick tips I have for hosting a successful Open House, Meet the Teacher, or Back to School Night:

1. If you decide to have a presentation, design an outline of what you want to cover.

Create a brief outline of the evening’s schedule. Estimate how much time you should be presenting. Try to keep it as short and concise. Anything over thirty minutes may not be remembered. Some topics you’ll want to cover are:    

        A Quick Introduction 

        Homework / Grading

        Behavior Expectations / Classroom Rules

        Curriculum / Daily Schedule

        Communication with Parents (Parent/Teacher Conferences, email communication, and phone calls).

2. Create a Warm & Welcoming Environment

Display student art throughout the classroom. This makes it fun for families to find their child’s work! Make sure the room is organized, neat, and welcoming.

teaching resources open house back to school

3. Keep in mind what parents REALLY want to hear

Above all, you want THEIR child to be successful throughout the school year. In your presentation, show parents the resources you have available to make the year a great one. After your presentation, try to make personal connections with each and every family.
teaching resources open house back to school

4. Keep it simple – don’t try to cover the entire year in one night.

Most likely, the parents do not want to hear the entire curriculum for the year. They want to see that the teacher is warm, welcoming, and organized. They also want the feeling of certainty that their child will have a successful school year.

5. Have a PowerPoint Presentation.

PowerPoint presentations are great for Back to School night. It will help you stay on topic and you’ll be less likely to forget something important you want to cover. You can make it creative and interactive, including pictures and examples of student work.

back to school night

6. Make it memorable.

       Be enthusiastic and positive! This is a great opportunity to get to know your students families and set the tone for a great year to come.
 If you need additional resources for Back to School Night, check out the
pack. In it you'll find:
-Welcome Sign in Sheets
-Info Pamphlet for Parents
-Teacher Information Cards
-Classroom Door Sign
-Reminder Handout for Open House
-Volunteer Sign Up Sheet
-Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Ups
-Reminder Slips for Parent-Teacher Conferences
-How does Your Child Get Home – Transportation Information
-Supplies Wish List Cutouts
-Field Trip Chaperone Signups

open house teaching resource

open house resource

open house banner

open house pamphlet


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