How to SURVIVE ...Back to School Night!

Oooooo...the dreaded 
 "PARENT'S ARE COMING!"
  Night!
AKA...Back to School Night

We ALL get nervous speaking to a room of parents!
(Wear  good  deodorant, use a breath mint , and  wear  comfy  shoes!)

So..THEY are coming. The parents. The kids. The Grandparents! 
THEY want to know ALL about YOU
and WHAT you are going to do for THEIR child!

Breathe...  SMILE....breathe, again.
And tell them.

I AM GOING TO TEACH YOUR CHILD...
WITH YOUR HELP!

 (I will discuss what "papers" I have for them in another post.)

Today's tip is about getting parents to
 sign up for everything you need!

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE!

I work in a Title 1 school.
Most parents DON'T WANT TO COME SEE ME!
So I have to make it very "inviting". 
I tell the kids to "drag" their parents to talk to me.
(Not literally!) Two hands!
I give stickers
 to kids
 who "hand" their parents the BTS night NOTE!

And then...


Have Food!
A bowl of apples, a plate of cookies,popcorn, 
 Mini bottles of water!

CHOCOLATE CANDY!

They will come for food!


Even though parent conferences are MONTHS away..
MAKE a chart of dates & times YOU are available.

I give BRAG Tags to kids when their parents come & send a THANK YOU to the parents, the next day!

 HAVE THEM SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE!

(You will send a reminder note as it gets closer..let them choose first!)

If you do

REMIND

 ( iphone app...get this now!)

Have them get out their phones,
type in the number...text your class code...
and  VOILA!
Class parent contacts..DONE!


If you have any WISH LISTS, or things you might need..
HAVE THEM SIGN UP TO PROVIDE CLASSROOM ITEMS
( We can always use glue sticks, expo markers, tissues,etc)

AND  LAST...

If YOU want volunteers for classroom work , parties, field trips, etc...
HAVE THEM SIGN UP!

This is the ONLY night they will ALL be in YOUR classroom!
USE IT!

Sometimes a CAPTIVE AUDIENCE...is a good thing!

Talk about your reading, writing, math and behavior expectations. 
Talk about what they can do to help.

YOU GOT THIS!

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Good Luck!
Have FUN!
Breathe!
YOU DID IT! :)

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