Tonight was Open House, and all went quite well.
Personally, I’m not really a big fan of the perfunctory process of the Open House song and dance. However, I also recognize that it’s not about me (perish the thought) but is really a PR moment for me and my school.
Parents really seem to want to see me, to hear me, and to see the environment in which their kids will be for the next 9-10 months. It’s a first impression that I get to make for the parents prior to the students getting to the stumbling blocks and prior to the first grading period. Then, it’s time for conferences.
My students’ parents usually comment on my happy wall filled photos of students past and the display walls of numerous projects hung around the room. They like seeing which kids have enjoyed my classes and company in the past as well as seeing the artwork, poetry, and prose the students will produce. It’s an introduction to the world I create for their children.
Tonight’s presentations for the parents were quick but full of important information, and I hope I made a good impression even if I didn’t wear a tie this year. 🙂