Tonight was Back to School Night, a night for parents to visit with teachers, walk student schedules, learn a little about classes, and share information about their children.
This was an exciting night for me because I felt like a real teacher! I was able to engage with parents, collaborate on ideas about student learning, discuss employability skills with parents, and introduce/explain a little about myself and each of the classes.
Our school principal, Mr. Long, sent each of the teachers a schedule and information sheet about the Night before it began [see left]. To open the night, teachers sat down with parents to make them feel more comfortable. For the first forty-five minutes, parents and teachers talked about skills they wanted students to achieve, what Mason City High School was all about, and goals for the year. It was a great way to interact!
The picture below is one I took at the beginning of the night. It shows teachers and parents sitting at tables together, collaborating and communicating–a positive, engaging environment!
After the opening session, parents walked around and visited their students’ classes. I introduced myself to each of the parents that came through, gave them my Class Syllabus [English 10, Honors 10] and Letter to Parents.
Then I showed and explained the Google Classroom website for each class. I told parents what we used the site for, how to navigate, and how the students could access the site from home.
I felt that the night was very beneficial! I met and talked to parents, shared my knowledge of Google Classroom, gave them personal information about me, and even learned about one of our students who has a 504 Plan we will be receiving soon!