Meet the Teacher is here and do I have the tips and tricks for you! School’s about to be in session again and I hope you’re as excited as I am! One thing has always been for sure- we have to plan for our future kiddos. And meeting YOU, the teacher, is going to be a highlight of this year!
Building connections, helping our families feel supported, creating an exciting learning environment for students, and making students feel safe are huge priorities as an educator. Meet the teacher night is crucial in upholding these principles with families. Let’s learn some fun tips and tricks to make that all happen!
After you have your classroom set up, and you have labeled ALL the things with student names, what’s next? You’re ready to meet your students of course!! I know they are SO ready to meet you! I don’t know how you feel, but this is one of the most stressful and exciting parts of the whole year. You get to meet a lot of your kiddos and usually their entire family! I hope that after reading this, you feel more prepared and excited about meeting all your sweet littles, while also keeping everyone safe!
This set-up is designed to deliver a fun and engaging evening for your families that they are sure to remember. I will help you have an organized and successful event that will help you to build connections with your families in an exciting way. A few years ago I asked myself how could I make this overwhelming time special while at the same time, take some of the pressure off? I came up with one word: STATIONS! Families had such a blast and it gave me so much more time to go around to meet everyone and talk to them while they all had activities to do! Parents were equipped with a checklist to make sure they made it to each of the fun stations! Here are some we set up.
The Photo Booth Station!
This station was a hit! They had such a blast with the back to school props and shared pictures that were hung around the room. This was such a fun way for families to have fun together and create some great memories in their new classroom. I LOVE using props for fun pictures to make this an unforgettable evening. Check out some of them below!
The QR Codes Station!
Another station parents adored was a station where they could grab a QR code that was a video of me reading The Night Before First Grade to my students. I told them to listen to it the night before school started. When parents dropped off their students the first day of school, I had SO many parents tell me how much they loved that I did that for their child. I also had so many students that ran up to me telling me how excited they were that they got to see me read to them! Grab yours free by subscribing!
The Ready Confetti Station!
My students loved this one so much. They got to take home a bag of confetti so that they were “ready” for school to start. It’s really easy to assemble and the poem is such a sweet way to ease your kiddos into the first day of school. I bought some confetti from Michaels and put it in a plastic bag, stapled the poem to the top and that was it! Super easy inexpensive gift that the kiddos absolutely loved! See them picture below.
The All About Me Bag Station!
The last station I want to tell you about is a great get to know you activity that makes things super personal. You get some paper bags and have students put 3 things in it that represent them. Then they bring it back to school when school starts and they can share their items with the class. It is such a fun way to get to know your kids and a great soft activity for the first week of school. I even did one too so my students could see my interests. If you subscribe, you’ll receive a cute directions tags to add to your bags for FREE!
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These are just some of the fun ideas you’ll find in my Meet the Teacher Bundle. Not only was this a fun and exciting experience for everyone, but it was a great way to start building connections right away and took some of the pressure off at back to school time! If you love the idea of stations, you’ll find my Editable Meet the Teacher Stations HERE.
These stations are a BLAST for families and your guaranteed to have some fun!
Below you’ll see the jam packed bundle that includes ALL these engaging activities… with a FREEBIE of course! This bundle will help you have an engaging, fun, and memorable back to school night that your families are sure to love and remember!
Meet the Teacher is one of the best ways to kick off the year with families. I hope that this helped you feel a little less overwhelmed about the unknown and a little more excited about what’s to come. You are going to have a GREAT year with your families. These ideas can help you connect, have fun, and save you time! If you have any more wonderful ideas to share or are looking for something else to make life easier, please share in the comments below!
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