Connect with Families about the CCSS

The school bell rings and you’re off and running—often in all directions! September continues to be a month of adjustment for everyone—students, families, teachers, and administrators.

September is also the time to focus and get back into school routines. This year, you’ll undoubtedly have added demands about infusing the Common Core State Standards into your work. While the CCSS have likely affected your classroom the past few years, chances are they will become an even bigger area of focus during this school year. With this additional concentration on the standards, you will more than likely Continue reading “Connect with Families about the CCSS”

Five MORE Winning Strategies for a Great Go-to-School Night

Because Go-to-School Night is so important to fostering the best possible connections with the family members of your students, we’ve created five more winning strategies for a great Go-to-School Night for both the families of those in your class this year—and you! Check out these five additional winning strategies that many teachers use to reduce their stress about this impactful 90-minute session.

Strategy 6: Set the Stages for Learning About Learning
The family members of the students in your charge cannot possibly grasp what goes on in your classroom on a daily basis from only a short visit. They will experience the physical space, minus the biggest ingredients— Continue reading “Five MORE Winning Strategies for a Great Go-to-School Night”

Five Winning Strategies for a Great Go-to-School Night

For many teachers, Go-to-School Night is stressful, exhausting, and nerve-wracking. While some veteran teachers know exactly how to craft an impeccable 90-minute experience for the important adults in the lives of their students, this one evening can be extremely draining for many new and seasoned teachers alike—and it’s on a school night! So, to help you get the best results from your Go-to-School Night, check out these Five Winning Strategies.

Strategy 1: First Impressions Work Both Ways
Most likely you will be meeting some families for the first time while others may be long-time families with whom you have a history from having taught an older sibling. To be sure you put your best foot forward, Continue reading “Five Winning Strategies for a Great Go-to-School Night”

Back-to-School Ideas for Teachers to Involve Families, Part 2

Smart Teacher-Family Partnerships Make a Big Difference
The partnership between teachers and families is a critical and pivotal part of shaping a plan for success for your students. The families of the students in your class want a successful and positive school year for their student—as do you. In most school settings, three facts impact the teacher-family relationship:

  1. These families did not have the option to choose you as the person to teach their student this coming year.
  2. You did not have the option to choose the families or even the students in your class this year.
  3. You and these families—these extended networks of your classroom—are both deeply, albeit differently, vested in the successful development of one person: their student.

This common interest gives you both a powerful framework within which to build a smart, connected relationship. As the teacher, Continue reading “Back-to-School Ideas for Teachers to Involve Families, Part 2”

Back-to-School Ideas for Teachers to Involve Families, Part 1

Teacher-Family Partnerships Work
The partnership between teachers and families is critical to ensuring academic success for your students. It is also a significant factor in your own success as a teacher. The families of the students in your class can be your biggest champions and supporters. As a teacher, you have likely developed a well-honed ability to connect with your students. Leveraging this skill set to families can do wonders for your classroom—and students. When you consider the families of your students as an extended facet of your classroom community, you will be able to forge powerful partnerships.

This partnership, like any, could have its ups and downs. The back-to-school ideas listed below can help you involve families and create great partnerships will add value to your classroom all year long. Get your year off to a terrific start by reaching out to families in many different ways. Explore these options and see what works best for you. Continue reading “Back-to-School Ideas for Teachers to Involve Families, Part 1”

How to Build Relationships with Your Students’ Families

Show Families You Appreciate Them
We hope you are enjoying a fun and relaxing summer break! You certainly deserve this time to refuel. Along with the traditional R&R, summer is a great time to reflect on the previous school year and ready yourself for the one ahead.

Before you step back into school for your first in-service in August, you might want to consider a very important lesson you can easily deliver to your new students, even before they walk into your classroom. This lesson doesn’t teach an academic skill, Continue reading “How to Build Relationships with Your Students’ Families”