Why Teachers Should Create a Virtual Open House

It’s the start of another school year. Your classroom looks perfect. Your bulletin boards look amazing. The desks are clean and your textbooks are all neatly stacked where they belong. You love your students this school year and are so excited to meet their parents and families, especially for them to see your classroom! This is the time to try a virtual open house. Read on to learn more! 

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}

Back to School Night finally comes and unfortunately, you only see five, maybe six families show up (I've experienced this). You are left feeling disappointed and sad. Your feelings are not about you. Your feelings of disappointment are a result of knowing your students' families missed out on what you had planned. Here is a solution. Teachers can easily create a Virtual Back to School Night - or virtual open house - to send to the families that were unable to attend.

PREPARATION


Back to School Night is usually held towards the end of the first month of school. Many districts also have a smaller event prior to the start of the year just to meet the staff and for students to find their way to the classroom, lockers, and points of interest in the school.

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}

You will want to create your virtual open house video before the actual open house- maybe closer to the beginning of school. Why? Your classroom will still look perfectly put together and in place within the first few weeks.
  • Don’t record while students are there. 
  • You’ll want quiet and you don’t need distractions. 
  • After school hours are ideal. Less stress.  

VIDEO

You don’t need any fancy recording device. Your phone or tablet’s video app works perfectly. If you want a different app, iMovie™ works well too. Find a friend or colleague who is willing to record you. Or if you feel uncomfortable about being watched and wish to record yourself, you can set up a tripod or even use one of those crazy selfie-sticks! Weird, yes, but effective.

WHAT YOU’LL RECORD


Now that you have your classroom set up, your outfit picked out and your video recorder set up perfectly, it's time to record! 

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}

Here is a quick checklist of items you’ll want to cover in your virtual open house:
  1. Introduction (about you and how to contact you)
  2. The specifics of your syllabus
  3. Grading policy
  4. Classroom management procedures
  5. Tour of the classroom:
  • Seating
  • Where absent work can be found
  • Classroom library
  • Bulletin boards
  • Student work
  • Explain the course
Danielle Knight talks about how teachers hosting a successful open house means teacher-parent communication.You can easily create a Virtual Back to School Night. Learn some tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents and host a successful meet the teacher night. New teachers will find this professional development resource helpful. All subjects. Administrators will love this! Grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, grade 8, grade 9, grade 10, grade 11, grade 12



Take a video tour of your classroom. Pan around your classroom to show families your classroom bulletin boards. Open the shades, blinds, or curtains to bring in outside light. If you do not have windows, make sure your lights are on while filming.

Take a video tour of your classroom. Pan around your classroom to show families your classroom bulletin boards. Tip- open the shades, blinds, or curtains to bring in outside light. If you do not have windows, make sure your lights are on while filming. 

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}

Explain and show parents where and how assignments are turned in.

How does it sound so far? Sounds good to me. Time to start! 

Want to learn more helpful tips on how to pull this off? This can be done in ten minutes. I have the answers for teachers in an easy-to-follow visual tutorial and step-by-step video loaded with reminders, pictures, and ways you can reach the families of your students. 


Video PD: Teachers hosting a successful open house means teacher-parent communication.You can easily create a Virtual Back to School Night. Learn some tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents and host a successful meet the teacher night. New teachers will find this professional development resource helpful. All subjects. Administrators will love this! Grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, grade 8, grade 9, grade 10, grade 11, grade 12

As you prepare for back to school, it's important to think about your open house. We all know how disheartening it can be to have few (or no!) parents and families show. Try a virtual open house. Here are tips on how to foster a positive relationship with parents & host a successful meet the teacher night. This professional development resource is great for all teachers. {Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, elementary, middle school, high school}
Easy to follow guide teachers can print or refer to on their device. 

Back to School Night is a teacher's first impression and the whole point of the night is to give your best. Be prepared!

Your school community's engagements and connections will go to the next level if you explore the use of video as a way of communicating with families. I hope you give it a try! Your virtual open house will be a hit.

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