A good first impression makes a difference! Your first Open House or Back-to-School night gives teachers an opportunity to create a personal connection with parents, gain parents’ support, and establish ways for continued communication throughout the school year.
Before deciding what to do for your school’s open house, walk through your school building and classrooms with the eyes of a parent. Pretend you are walking in for the very first time. Do your hallways offer a welcoming presence? Are your restrooms clean? Are your classrooms colorful and reflective of students work?
Most parents want to see an organized building/classroom with friendly and welcoming teachers and staff. They are not typically concerned about how many science tests are given, or what materials you use to teach math. Parents generally want a good understanding of what their child’s school year will be like, how issues will be communicated and handled by teachers/staff, and what they can do to help ensure their child has a successful school year. Here are some ideas to incorporate into your next open house.