You want to look good. You have only a few minutes to make a great first impression. And you’re being compared to all of the other teachers a student has on his schedule. That’s right – it’s Back to School Night, also known as the l-o-n-g-e-s-t day of the year. On campus at 7:30 a.m., teach all day, race home, come back, and then lead a full load of mini 10-minute classes for the parents. Honey, you’re lucky if you get out of that post-program traffic clog by 9 p.m.
So, yes, we’re tired when the alarm clock rings oh-so-early the next day, but it really is important for parents/guardians to know us and understand what’s happening in our classrooms. Communication prevents almost every problem and this is a prime opportunity to open those channels.
My daughter’s Back to School Night program was last night and my own sessions were last week, so this feels like the right time to share a bit about how I fill those minutes.
Warning: This video is a little longer than my other ones because I take you through the full 10-minute script.
The Prezi slides I built as visual support are free and available here. Hope you’re having a great September. Teach on, everyone!