I am so excited to join my PA blogger buddies in hosting Tips and Tools for Back-to-School.
If you are anything like me, you're probably feeling just a little anxious that summer is ending and school is just around the corner. It seems like August just ticks away so quickly. To help you with your back to school preparations, we each have a tip to share and a tool for you to use when you return to your classroom.
Make Positive Contact with Parents
Start the year off on a positive note with parents. Providing pleasant feedback early on will help to build a rapport with families and even soften a difficult conversation you may have to have later.
On the first day of school I write a note in each child's planner. I mention what a wonderful addition the child is to our class, and I share one special moment from the day.
Example comment: "Kelsey had a great first day of 2nd grade! She was an excellent line leader today. I'm looking forward to our year together."
In addition, during the first week of school, I make phone calls to a few families each evening. By the end of the week, I have had one positive conversation with each family. Establishing a good rapport with families during the first few weeks of school will help to ensure a successful year. :)
My tool for you is a set of message bracelets to use the first day of school. Before school dismisses, simply attach a message bracelet to students' wrists. When students arrive home, they can share the message on their bracelet with parents.
You can print the bracelets in full color or copy the ink-friendly black and white version onto colored paper instead. :)