By Frank Friedman, eHow Contributor
Open houses can make even the most experienced teacher sweat. Meeting parents for the first time demands adequate preparation to help you remain calm and have a successful parents’ night. Remember, you have only one first impression.
- Prepare a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation to focus your agenda. Having a visual aid will ensure parents’ attention.
- Provide parents with a guided scavenger hunt inside your classroom. The hunt should focus on important aspects of your class.
- Have students bring baby pictures and hang them on a bulletin board. Parents and students will enjoy trying to guess who’s whom.
- Student work posted on classroom walls sets the tone for a learning environment. Rather than displaying silly projects, put creative, meaningful work on the walls and watch parents marvel.
Get Kids Involved
- Consider having some of your students present projects at the open house as a reward. This offers parents a look at what’s going on in your classroom as well as public-speaking practice for your students.
- Avoid discussing issues of individual students with parents. If parents want to discuss their child, kindly ask them to set up a conference.