Open House Tips

contributed by Doug Yonce

HOW TO SURVIVE OPEN HOUSE
Great opening tips here: not to sit in a place of separation behind your desk, and not to plan specific activities – find out why here in this positive spin on making a challenging Open House Night a wonderful meet and greet event.
http://www.inspiringteachers.com/tips/parents/open_house.html

OPEN HOUSE IDEAS FOR TEACHERS
Teachers have submitted their ideas to this site to create an inspired Open House event. The first link largely applies to elementary school situations, while the second link the submissions are generally from middle school teachers.

http://teachingheart.net/parentnight.html

http://www.middleweb.com/INCASEopenhouse.html

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Stating that first impressions really matter when you meet students’ families for the first time, find some wonderful tips here for creating a great Open House with information packets and handbooks.
http://www.nea.org/classmanagement/ifc040921.html

IT’S OPEN HOUSE TIME
If you’re looking for some creative activities for Open House, try these ones to get both students and parents involved together in the learning process; submitted by teachers.
http://www.cbv.ns.ca/sstudies/activities/management/6.txt

MAKING OPEN HOUSE A HIT
There are some great ideas here for planning a warm and welcoming Open House for your students’ parents and families, as well as suggestions on how to get them there in the first place.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/admin/admin276.shtml

IDEAS FOR WORKING WITH PARENTS
Some basics are simply listed here to give you an overview of how to establish good communications with parents. If and when communications fail however, there is also a helpful list on how to handle yourself.

http://www.ueatexas.com/Links/Classroom_Help/Checklist_for_

Communicating_with_Parents/H_Checklist_for_Communicating_with_Parents.html

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