Be prepared, the Boy Scout motto, can help teachers present themselves with confidence and clarity. You want to set the tone for the entire year with your students' parents that night. You want to open your door and offer your cooperation.
What are some tips, strategies, secrets, or advice you can share here to help teachers prepare and survive Back to School Night? Parents, you have ideas to share too. :-)
Back to School Night is the night when introduction and information is exchanged between parents and teacher. How about putting together a Prezi to showcase the upcoming year in your classroom? The Prezi might summarize the teacher expectations of students, levels of achievement to be established that academic year, a short-fun video about kids or teaching, photos of students working in class or at recess, and examples of strategically selected resources that will be implemented from Verizon Thinkfinity. In the Prezi, the teacher could include a couple of favorite resources exhibiting how 21st Century Skills will be stressed while other exposures might include a math interactive, a science experiment, and a writing lesson. In a few short minutes, parents of this year's students will experience the environment their children will be living in for this new school year. Perhaps beginning with a Prezi, and then entertaining specific questions from the parents will help the teacher stay within the allotted time-frame and get the year started with a positive tone.
Last year our teachers used their Promethean boards to demonstrate interactives that the kids create and use in their centers, and then parents were given the opportunity to use the board to leave messages for our kids for the following morning. It was nice to show how the technology is integrated into the curriculum, and the parents got a brief, simple, but hands-on experience using it, instead of just passively watching someone else use it.