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Back to School Night How to create a smooth and informative evening. Dawn Goulart TV/TIP August 19, 2008. Back to School Night.

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back to school night how to create a smooth and informative evening

Back to School NightHow to create a smooth and informative evening

Dawn Goulart

TV/TIP

August 19, 2008

back to school night
Back to School Night
  • The first formal introduction to parents will usually be “Back to School Night.” It is a time to introduce yourself and your curriculum. Keep in mind not only your agenda but the parents agenda as well…
parent questions
Parent Questions
  • Will my child receive a good education here and is the teacher well qualified?
parent questions1
Parent Questions
  • Will my child receive a good education here and is the teacher well qualified?
  • Will my child be safe, have his/her needs met, and be happy here?
parent questions2
Parent Questions
  • Will my child receive a good education here and is the teacher well qualified?
  • Will my child be safe, have his/her needs met, and be happy here?
  • How can I help my child succeed?
teacher agenda
Teacher Agenda
  • This is the time to share information about the school program including…
teacher agenda1
Teacher Agenda
  • This is the time to share information about the school program including…
            • Who you are
teacher agenda2
Teacher Agenda
  • This is the time to share information about the school program including…
            • Who you are
            • About your classroom
                • Curriculum
                • Schedule
                • Student expectation
                • Rules and procedures
                • Homework & Grades
in addition
In Addition…
  • There are some other purposes to Back to School Night that are less explicit but just as important. This is the time to:
in addition1
In Addition…
  • There are some other purposes to Back to School Night that are less explicit but just as important. This is the time to:
            • Set norms for parent/teacher interactions
in addition2
In Addition…
  • There are some other purposes to Back to School Night that are less explicit but just as important. This is the time to:
            • Set norms for parent/teacher interactions
                • Ask for help – Have a list available of times that you need help. For example: centers, math time, art
in addition3
In Addition…
  • There are some other purposes to Back to School Night that are less explicit but just as important. This is the time to:
            • Set norms for parent/teacher interactions
                • Ask for help – Have a list available of times that you need help. For example: centers, math time, art
            • Be proactive with potential problems
in addition4
In Addition…
  • There are some other purposes to Back to School Night that are less explicit but just as important. This is the time to:
            • Set norms for parent/teacher interactions
                • Ask for help – Have a list available of times that you need help. For example: centers, math time, art
            • Be proactive with potential problems
                • Have a conference sign-up sheet available
                • Don’t get side tracked or let one parent monopolize the conversation
your turn1
Your Turn!
  • Read the first goal for parents, “Will my child get a good education?” and list of activities. Spend a few minutes jotting down some ideas of your own.
your turn2
Your Turn!
  • Read the first goal for parents, “Will my child get a good education?” and list of activities. Spend a few minutes jotting down some ideas of your own.
  • Turn to a partner and talk about either:
        • Your ideas
        • Ideas provided that you plan to include in your presentation
your turn3
Your Turn!
  • Read the first goal for parents, “Will my child get a good education?” and list of activities. Spend a few minutes jotting down some ideas of your own.
  • Turn to a partner and talk about either:
        • Your ideas
        • Ideas provided that you plan to include in your presentation

Spend 2 minutes reading the rest of the parent goals and ideas

again
Again!
  • Pick one of the Teacher’s Goals from the handout. Spend 3 minutes reading it and the suggestions, and jotting down some ideas of your own.
again1
Again!
  • Pick one of the Teacher’s Goals from the handout. Spend 3 minutes reading it and the suggestions, and jotting down some ideas of your own.
  • Turn to a partner and talk about either:
        • Your ideas
        • Ideas provided that you plan to include in your presentation
again2
Again!
  • Pick one of the Teacher’s Goals from the handout. Spend 3 minutes reading it and the suggestions, and jot down some ideas of your own.
  • Turn to a partner and talk about either:
        • Your ideas
        • Ideas provided that you plan to include in your presentation

Spend 2 minutes reading the rest of the goals and ideas.

final thoughts2
Final Thoughts…
  • Be prepared
  • Make sure your message is heard
final thoughts3
Final Thoughts…
  • Be prepared
  • Make sure your message is heard
  • Have a sign-in sheet for parents
final thoughts4
Final Thoughts…
  • Be prepared
  • Make sure your message is heard
  • Have a sign-in sheet for parents
  • Have handouts for parents to take home and send handouts home the next day to students whose families did not attend
final thoughts5
Final Thoughts…
  • Be prepared
  • Make sure your message is heard
  • Have a sign-in sheet for parents
  • Have handouts for parents to take home and send handouts home the next day to students whose families did not attend
  • BE CONFIDENT & PRACTICE!