Through the years, I have found a few things that have helped make my Meet the Teacher less stressful. I would love to hear your ideas, too!
One thing that is very helpful to parents, especially the ones who are new to your school, is your clothing. Teachers and staff members should wear their school shirts at the Meet the Teacher and the first day of school so parents and students can quickly identify staff members.
I always decorate my Star Student bulletin board with my personal information at the beginning of the year. It shows parents an example of the types of things I'm looking for when it is their child's assigned week. Plus, it lets parents and students get to know me. I always get positive feedback about this, especially the pictures of my pets. I think this is something that students can relate to because most of them also have beloved pets.
Sometimes you will have students and parents who have trouble leaving your classroom. This creates problems because you have a short amount of time and you would like to chat with all of the parents that come. There is usually one or two parents that are very anxious about the school year starting. You can clearly see it by the endless questions for you and staying in the classroom longer than the other parents. I found something simple that helps with the anxiety. Tell your parents and students to take a tour of the school. Give them a checklist of places they should visit such as the library, office, playground, gym, computer lab, and cafeteria. Students that return the checklist with parents' initials of the places that they visited on the first day of school will get a small treat (like a scratch 'n sniff sticker).
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Make small signs for all of your supplies before your students arrive. Attach the signs to laundry baskets or boxes. I like to use community supplies instead of my students keeping their own supplies which means I need to store supplies. Paper boxes are stack easily. At the end of each school year, I ask the custodian if he will save some of the boxes for me for Back to School time.
What do you do for Meet the Teacher?
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