It has been quite the hiatus...
I am extremely excited to announce that I am BACK IN THE CLASSROOM!
Yes... After 5 years of being away, I am back in the game ;) Honestly, all of the stars aligned and I cannot even begin to think of a better situation. I am still at my same school site, but working as a first grade teacher! WOOHOO!
Now... I am going to update the "My Classroom" page with my full classroom reveal, but I wanted to give you some highlights from my amazing "Meet the Teacher" Night :)
For Meet the Teacher Night, I set up stations for the evening so I would have enough time to personally speak to each of my families, but also to provide them with tasks so I could have face time with each student and family.
Station #1: Welcome and Sign-In
Parents had sign in and grab an itinerary for the evening. The itinerary was a simple checklist and articulated the eight stations they needed to complete. The other paper was a map of school locations for uniforms, transportation, etc.
Station #2: Sorting Supplies
We request all students to bring their school supplies to Meet the Teacher so we have time to sort and put away things for the first day of school. I created picture labels for all school supplies and the families will sort accordingly- it is quite the time saver!!!
|I forgot to take a "before" picture so please ignore the randomness in the photo|
I hung these signs from my white board and allowed my students to get their pictures taken... Parents LOVE this :) It also makes for a great photo opp with your students! Thanks for the great idea, Amber from Peppy Zesty Teacherista! She has a great, colorful K-5 freebie on her page- I made one to match my room's color scheme.
Station #4: Paperwork and Gifts :)
I got the great idea from Kristin at Where the First Graders Are- we have SO many forms we want parents to fill out... However, she thought of a genius way to prioritize paperwork :)
|This is what each student had on their desk :)|
While the parents are filling out the paperwork, I have my students fill out an "All About Me" form so I can start to get to know some things about them :) You can find the sheet I used HERE.
I also include a small gift for my students... Because I have a gold/chalkboard/burlap color scheme, I created mini chalkboard gifts for my students :)
Inside of the folder, on the left hand side, I include LOTS of information for parents- these are all things they need to know, but they are things they can keep at home and read about later! I include: Snack Schedule, Communication Info, Homework Info, Request for Water Bottle (we live in sunny FL and have outdoor PE), AR Program Information, and our Behavior System Information.
On the right side of the folder, there are more forms I need the parents to fill out. but they are not essential for the first day of school. I include: Parent Questionnaire, Volunteer Form, and our STEM Hero of the Month form.
Station #5: Sorting Papers
|Pretty Self-Explanatory ;)|
I put out a bunch of random items... All of the items are personal favorites, pictures, etc. The students are instructed to write questions they have for me on sticky notes- on the first day of school, these are the things I will share/introduce myself with. It's an awesome alternative to the typical introductions :)
Station #7: Popcorn Bar + Classroom Wish List
This was a PURE stroke of genius and my inner David Tutera wedding planner.
I wanted to provide a snack for my families- and who doesn't LOVE popcorn?!? BUT my
stalking searching on Pinterest elevated my simple snack to a full blown popcorn bar.
Insert next great idea.
I wanted to put out my teacher wish list so I printed my items on popcorn shaped card-stock, attached them to binder clips, and set them out with the Popcorn Bar. I included the good pun- "Thanks for making our classroom POP". It was magical!
Station #8: Say Goodbye and Collect Ready Confetti
Of course... I totally forgot to take a picture of this :( :( :( However, if you look for the concept of "Ready Confetti" on Pinterest- you will understand the overall concept.
It was truly a great night. My heart is happy. I am ecstatic to have these amazing opportunities to teach students again!
How do you run your "Meet the Teacher"/Open House? I would love to hear about it!
As always, happy teaching friends!