Back To School Night is an event held at most schools. Some host it in the fall while others wait until the spring. And I strongly encourage every parent to take advantage of all that this evening has to offer. This may be your first opportunity to meet your kid’s teachers, experience your child’s classroom and hear about what they will be learning this year. There is an excitement in the air; an excitement based on new beginnings and opportunities.
As you take a look around the classroom you’ll probably find bulletin boards filled with colorful information, student work and teaching examples. You may be given handouts, watch power point presentations or listen to presentations designed to tell you what you need to know to best support your child. All this presented by a teacher who earlier that day already taught a classroom full of active young minds and bodies.
Back To School Night can be an information packed, powerful evening. But it doesn’t just happen. Most teachers spend hours preparing their classrooms, setting up power point presentations or helpful hand outs and posting student work - which isn’t always easy since the school year just began. This is the teacher’s chance to share with you all of their hopes and dreams for your children. And a committed teacher shows his or her “hand” at Back To School Night. They let you see them as both an educator and an individual. It can be scary opening up to parents, hoping that they will share your vision and enthusiasm.
So if you had a good experience at your Back To School Night, take a moment in the next week or two to mention this to your child’s teacher. A quick “Thanks for all of the helpful info” goes miles. So does “Loved how your classroom looked” or “Great power point”. This is the person who will be working over 40 hours a week, hand in hand, with your child.
Start your school year off right by recognizing this teacher for being prepared and ready to meet you at Back To School Night. And make this a school year where you work hand in hand with your child’s teacher.