Meet the Teacher Ideas for Back to School
With back to school approaching, you probably have a few ideas for Meet the Teacher night. You want to make sure your future students are excited about the upcoming school year and about being in your classroom, especially in kindergarten. It can take a lot of preparation, and oftentimes feels overwhelming. However, it does not have to be stressful if you have a plan in place.
Have the Right Printables Prepared
You can take a lot of stress out of Meet the Teacher if you have the right printables prepared beforehand. If your school does not provide them, you will want to have a sign-in sheet ready for parents as they stop by with their kids. This helps you to keep track of which parents you have already met. You may also want to display a welcome sign, a class roster, and a volunteer form for parents. As parents are leaving, I’m sure they would appreciate a teacher business card and/or a fun Meet the Teacher handout with important information for them and some fun information to help their students get to know you.
All of these printables and more can be found in my Meet the Teacher Editable Printables packet in my TpT store. Having the right printables prepared in advance for Meet the Teacher night can take a lot of stress out of the whole process and help you to share important information with your incoming students and their parents.
Think About How You Can Get Students Excited
Another thing to consider when preparing for Meet the Teacher night is how to get students excited about coming to school. This is important for all grade levels, but maybe even more so in kindergarten. For many of our incoming kindergarteners, this is their first school experience, and they may be uncertain about what to expect. We can ease some of that anxiety by making sure they have a fun first experience when meeting their teacher.
One of the ways I like to do this is by having some type of gift ready for students when we first meet. Then, I add a gift tag that lets them know how excited I am for having them in my classroom. For example, I may attach a “I’ve been bubbling with excitement to see you,” gift tag to bubbles that they can take home with them.
Another way to get students excited about coming to school is by having a scavenger hunt for students to complete within your classroom. Not only is this activity really fun for students, but it also helps them to become more familiar with their future classroom. They can search around the classroom for places labeled with their names, like desks and cubbies. They can also look for the restroom, the classroom library, and other places that students will need to know about when school begins. Getting students excited about school on Meet the Teacher night will help set a precedent for the rest of the school year.
Remember the Purpose for Meet the Teacher Night
As you are preparing to meet your students, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Remember the real reason for the event! It is an important time to meet students and their families and begin building those relationships that will be crucial to a smooth-running classroom throughout the school year. It does not have to be an extravagant production. As long as you are getting parents the information they need, while also helping students feel more at ease in your classroom, your Meet the Teacher event is sure to be a hit! If you keep this in mind, preparing can be so much simpler.
I hope these tips for preparing for Meet the Teacher have helped take some of the stress off your plate during this back-to-school season.
If you want to simplify and take some of the guesswork out of preparing, I have a packet of resources in my Teachers Pay Teachers store that includes all of the printables I mentioned earlier, as well as gift tags, a scavenger hunt form, and many other resources that teachers can use for back to school.