I just had my Meet the Teacher day this past Thursday. It is a whole day for our school! We start with Kinder-1st from 9-10 a.m. 2nd-3rd from 11-12 p.m.,4th-5th from 1-2 p.m., and then every one can come from 5-6 p.m. The purpose of Meet the Teacher is to bring your supplies, visit your classroom, meet your teacher, and please tell me how you are going home the first day! Around the school they can buy uniforms, sign up for clubs and afterschool, and learn about the bus schedule. In between Meet the Teacher times, I put away supplies and get stuff ready for the first week.
Come meet me! Your 2nd grade teacher!
We make phone calls two days before to invite parents and students to our classrooms. On the phone call, I tell the parents I’m their students’ teacher and tell them the times to come to Meet the Teacher. Usually I get a voicemail but sometimes I’ll get the parents. This year when I called, two of my students’ parents were extremely excited and said their child had been hoping to get me all summer! That was nice to hear!
A little background information-I’m now teaching second grade and last year I taught first grade. So I know many of the students from enrichment, recess, and just being in the hallway with them. I did not get any of my same students but I still knew about half of my kids by name when they came to the room.
The room is ready!
Back to Meet the Teacher: I have been using these super helpful signs from Reagan Tunstall for a few years and they make this event flow smoothly. Parents know what to do if I’m busy in a conversation with someone else at the moment. I make it a point to try and greet everyone when they come in and let them know the general information I need from them. The students during this time can sort supplies, find their desk, and wander around our new room.
Station 2: Sort all your supplies!
Station 3: Fill out how your child will be going home the first day of school, take car tags or walker tags, sign up for school committees, and grab a wish list item.
I had all 16 of my families come to Meet the Teacher this year! I’m so excited I got to meet all of them. One of my sweeties even brought me a gift! How thoughtful! I know it is going to be a great year in 2nd grade!