Open House Resources

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This useful list of resources for educators will help make your next Open House Night a success. Being well prepared to meet students' parents for the first time can make a huge difference in how well the rest of the year goes. These printables will give you ideas on how to plan your event, introduce yourself to parents, and foster positive parent-teacher relationships. You'll also find helpful skill building tips to distribute to parents and great decorating ideas that showcase students' work. These resources will help you prepare for your next Parents' Night, Open School Night, or Back-to-School Open House.

Advice & Ideas for Teachers
Whether you are a first year teacher or have been teaching for 20 years, there wil never be a moment where you aren't learning something new. In this section, puruse resources for working with your students in the classroom, students' parents, and utilizing strategies for teaching different grade levels. You're definitely going to want to put this in your teaching repertoire!
  • Getting Parents Involved

    Encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom year round as an important positive step in improving their child's education. New teachers, who are trying to build solid relationships with parents, will find this resource particularly valuable.

  • Parent/Teacher Relations

    Handy suggestions for creating and maintaining positive parent/teacher relationships.

  • Getting to Know Your Student: Parent Form

    Send this letter home to parents to help you know your students better.

  • Getting to Know Your Students: Classroom Activities

    Get to know new students through icebreakers, name games, and first-day celebrations. Our activities and advice will help teachers develop classroom community and establish positive relationships.

  • Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior

    An extensive list of verbs and phrases that will help you to prepare positive, descriptive statements about a student's behavior. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable when they're writing their first report cards and progress reports.

  • Parent-Teacher Communication Advice from Veteran Teachers

    Communication with parents is an essential part of teaching. Here is a list of helpful suggestions from experienced educators.

  • Tips from Veteran Teachers on Dealing with Parents

    Enlisting parents in their child's education is one of the hardest yet most rewarding undertakings for teachers. Here are some practical tips from veteran teachers on managing these challenging relationships. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable.

  • Preparing for the First Day of School

    Discover great ideas on how to introduce yourself to your new middle grade or secondary students and their parents.

  • First Day at the Elementary Level

    Prepare yourself for your first day teaching at the elementary level with these ideas, including getting to know your students and discussing classroom rules. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable.

  • First Day at the Secondary Level

    Get ready for your first day teaching at the secondary level with these tips on everything from outlining the syllabus to starting a fun and hands-on project. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable for back-to-school.

Advice for Parents
Sometimes as teachers we don't realize teaching our students' parents on how to work with our students at home is just as important as teaching in general. Work on the home-school connection and collaborating with parents with the resources in this section.
Preparing for the Open House
Open houses are an extremely exciting part of the year for schools. Here is your time to shine and showcase all that is great in your classroom and school. Use these general tips or grade leveled resources to make this year's open house the best one ever!
  • Hosting a Successful Open House

    Your students' parents are powerful allies and can make your job much more manageable. Learn some tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents and host a successful open house. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable.

  • Kindergarten Open House

    Prepare for Open House with these ideas about making refreshments, setting up the classroom, and creating activities for the parents to do.

  • First-Grade Open House

    Prepare for open house by decorating the room with your students' work, making refreshments, and planning activities for the visiting parents.

  • Second-Grade Open House

    Print a worksheet that describes various ways to prepare your classroom for open house so that parents can see what their children are learning.

  • Third-Grade Open House

    Use this printable to come up with activities and refreshments to demonstrate your students' progress for their parents.

  • Fourth-Grade Open House

    Prepare for Open House with these activities for you, your students, and their parents.

  • Fifth-Grade Open House

    Prepare for Open House with these activities for you, the students, and their parents to demonstrate what is being done in the classroom.

  • Sixth-Grade Open House

    Prepare for Open House with these ideas for bulletin-board displays, student-provided refreshments, and activities for their parents to complete.

  • Create a Meaningful Open House

    Your students' parents are powerful allies and can make your job much more manageable. Learn some tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents and host a successful open house.

Showcasing Student Achievement
Reward your students hard efforts with a showcasing of their terrific accomplishments. Whether it's in your classroom for your class to reflect upon, during parent teacher night, or just cause, uses this section to truly put your students into the limelight. They will definitely appreciate the recognition.
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  • Music Resources for Teachers

    Bring some music into your classroom with lessons and printables! Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month in March, or enjoy music on a regular basis with your students.

Additional Resources
Need some resources for a rainy day? This section is a great place to look for things that you may need for your classroom or may need someday.
  • Back To School Headquarters

    Return to school this fall prepared to conquer any questions you or your students might have about the school year. Our resources range from teaching students the school's layout to assessment tips.

  • New Teacher Resources

    Discover everything a beginning teacher will need for a successful school year, from tips for your first day, to classroom-management advice, to printables and lesson plans that will support your curriculum all year long.

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