During back to school nights, rules and expectations are established. Curriculum outline and syllabus are given to parents as expectations of what their children will be learning in your class.Basically, you are introducing yourself to the students and their parents. Make sure all important information are covered, such as school guidelines, tutoring, background history, certifications, etc. Make sure to let parents know you are flexible in your teaching methods, which means you can incorporate technology in their education.
Open House is conducted at the end of the school year. This is the opportunity for students and teachers to work together to present what the students have learned this school year to parents. Presents any products that shows students’ progress and knowledge in the course.
Communication with Parents & Community<br />Sara Seller & Kim Nguyen<br />
Basic Questions<br />What are ways we can communicate?<br />What are the benefits which result from communication?<br />Where are appropriate places to communicate?<br />Why is communication important?<br />When would communication be beneficial?<br />Who would be affected by communication?<br />How can we communicate?<br />
<ul><li>This is a good time for the teacher to introduce them-self to the parents. Rules and expectations should be established. The teacher should communicate to the parents what he/she expects from them and what they should expect from him/her.
It is a good idea to give the parents an overview of what the curriculum contains for the year. A syllabus can be given out to the parents on this night as well.
Technology should be incorporated into the teacher’s presentation to the parents. It is always good for the parents to see how their children will be learning. Tutoring can be discussed. Let the parents know when you are available to tutor.
It is a good idea to give parents a brief overview of your history. Tell them about where you went to school and in what area(s) you are certified. Avoid telling them it is your first year!
Always tell parents that you are looking forward to working with their child. Provide them with ways to contact you.</li></ul>Back 2 School Nights<br />
<ul><li>Because open house night is generally held toward the end of the school year, I think the teacher and the students should be in charge of presenting information to the parents. This is a good time for students to inform their parents about everything they have learned throughout the year. The teacher can keep a collection of work, which was submitted by the students, and allow students to show their parents everything they have done or created. Open house nights are a good time for students to present their projects. Not only do their classmates see their work, but their parents as well.
When parents see the success their child is having in class, they feel happy and proud of their child. Teachers should always strive to communicate positive things about their students to their parents.</li></ul>Open House<br />
<ul><li>These conferences may be arranged by the parent or the teacher. Parent-teacher conferences, at times, are arranged to discuss the poor achievement of the child. Other times parent-teacher conferences are arranged to keep the parent informed on the performance of their child.
Parent-teacher conferences may or may not include the child. Some schools practice students led conferences, where the students speak with their parents about their performance and grades in class with their teacher present. Other times the conferences are led by the teacher, or teachers of the child’s team.
It is important to urge guidance counselor and administrator to communicate with the parents when needed. When the child has been doing well or drastically show a negative change, guidance counselor should definitely be aware of the situation. </li></ul>Parent-Teacher Conferences<br />
<ul><li>Math contests are a unique opportunity for teachers to work with motivated students and learn at the same time.
There are many math contests available locally, regional, and national.
Math clubs fosters interest and enthusiasm for mathematics through preparing members for math competitions, develop and sponsor math contests , and/or to become familiar with math topics outside of the high school standard curriculum.</li></ul>Math Contests & Clubs<br />
<ul><li>Schools and teachers can sponsor and promote activities throughout the community by:
Bring the community into the school to participate in math-related event
Show students how people in their community use math
Take math activities to the community</li></ul>Community Involvement<br />