Monday, April 22, 2013

Meet and Greet Ideas and Input Needed!

Only other teachers understand that it is April and we have already started thinking about next year!

I am so excited!  Next year our school has decided to do our Kindergarten Meet and Greet a different way.  We usually have meet and greet for all grades K-5 at the same time.  However, it can get crazy, especially when you have some parents who are bringing their child to school for the first time and have a million questions.  It is hard to give all 18 families your attention when the meet and greet is 2 hours long and you have people coming in and out at different times.

I spoke with our fabulous principal today and presented the idea of doing a special night just for Kindergarten families.  We would have everyone meet as a group in the cafeteria for 20-30 minutes and go over school-wide items.  We would talk about procedures, grade-level expectations (how it has changed drastically over the past few years), bus ramp, car pick-up, transportation changes, lunchroom items, etc.  Then we would have the parents come down to their child's Kg teacher's room for the last 20-30 minutes.  In the room we could tell the parents about ourselves, give them our classroom discipline plans and expectations, and help them with all of the paperwork they fill out at the beginning of the year.  Luckily, we worked out a few details and scheduled our first Kindergarten night for next school year!

That being said, I am full of questions.

Does anyone's school do Kindergarten meet and greet this way?

Do you allow the children to attend at night?

What do you call your Kindergarten night?  I want something cute to put on the fliers/letters to go home.

Any fun ideas to get the parents to come or other things to do at the meet and greet night?

 Please help provide some insight if you can!  I greatly appreciate any help or advice you can share.


Monday, April 1, 2013

TPT Advice Needed!!!!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Monday.  Our grade level got to participate in our first day of lesson study.  It is a great experience.  This is the fourth time we have done a lesson study and I feel that we have learned a lot.  It is a wonderful way to share ideas, plan together, and discuss student strengths and weaknesses.  Tomorrow one of our teachers will get to teach the lesson we wrote today.  I know it will be an awesome day and I am looking forward to it.  I already had my turn teaching a lesson for everyone, so I get to just relax and enjoy observing.

Now, the real reason I am writing this post is for help!  I need help/advice from all my blog friends.  I recently started a TPT store, and by recently I mean tonight!  Haha!  I have made so many different resources throughout my teaching career.  One of my colleagues suggested that I should start uploading some of my creations.  I figured, why not?!?!  I uploaded 4 files tonight.  I have many more in the works, but wanted so advice from everyone.  If you have a TPT store, what do you do to get your product noticed?  Any helpful hints or ideas would be appreciated!  I'm new in this area!

Also, if you guys would please help me by pinning some of my products, or download the free product and leave me feedback, I would greatly appreciate it.  Feel free to follow my store as well.

Keep the advice and hints coming!  I look forward to hearing what my experienced blog friends have to say!

Have a great week!