Meet the Teacher
Quick Tip: Preparing for Meet the Teacher
Meet the Teacher is the most important chance for you to make a positive impression with the parents of your students. It is at this time that they will decide whether their child has a “good teacher.” Do not underestimate the parents’ ability to read your “with-it-ness.” They have been through school and they will able to spot in a minute whether you are “a good teacher” or an “I’m worried about my child” teacher. They need to see an organized and engaging classroom that looks like it is ready for the First Day of School. Have the students’ name tags arranged on the desks so they will have an idea where they will sit the first day. Don’t tape them down yet—because some parents will bring up important information that you need to know such as my child needs to sit closer to you because they have a hearing aide. Or please sit my child closer to the board because they have glasses. Make sure to have a sign in sheet for the parents to sign next to their child’s name and list how they will be going home. Have the handouts organized on the same table. They need to see that you are organized, with-it, kind but not too nice, and that you know what you are doing. Introduce yourself to your student with the “I’m in charge but it’s nice to meet you look.” Have a few words in mind about what you will say to the students as you meet them and what you will say to the parents.
“What We Believe”
We are a group of teachers who believe that teaching is a noble profession.
Our primary focus is on our students, their learning, our personal reflection and the refinement of our skills.
We recognize every child’s ability to make extraordinary learning gains and advocate for their right to a high quality education, regardless of their gender, race, family culture, or socioeconomic status.
We will teach each child in a positive and constructive learning environment, and recognize that developing their character is the precursor to a balanced learning community and academic achievement.
We recognize our potential to impact and transform our students’ lives when our heart is in the right place and our strategies and instruction are succinct.
We think positively, focus on finding solutions, and complete tasks without drama.
We believe in working smarter by thinking smarter, sharing resources, ideas and a collective higher vision for what is possible for our students.
We recognize that teachers, students, parents, administration, and community members are all a part of the collective solution to each child’s success. Therefore we remain modest and cooperative through collaboration.
We will work to recognize our team players with gratitude and foster a climate of cooperation, productive problem solving, and proactive planning for success.
Whereas we love recognition, we realize that is not our purpose for teaching. We are here for the kids and not the accolades. Recognition is found in our students’ accomplishments.
We strive to find balance between our school and home lives. We recognize that finding this balance will allow us to stay in our positions where we can continue to make a positive impact.
We share a positive vision and strategies that transform our students’ lives, and in turn, our lives as empowered educators.