Hacking Open House Night

Open House was such a chore, I decided to change it up and create a learning opportunity for parents.

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Open House was boring. I would run through curriculum for 45 minutes at rapid speed and parents would nod politely throughout my presentation.  At the end of the evening, I'd be exhausted and parents would leave confused. I couldn't bear another canned presentation.  So I decided to make a change and wrote the attached letter to the parents of my students.  

Emailing the presentation to parents allowed them ample time to review the curriculum and allowed me the freedom to plan for a more meaningful evening. I planned to talk about communication, expert lectures and creating community within our classroom. 

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe something you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research.

Every part of our school year can be hacked and by taking the risk to do so, relationships were forged and the importance of communication was the central focus of open house as opposed to a rote run through of curriculum.

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Christine - If you'd be willing, I would greatly appreciate your support for Guideposts to Success by heading to the post and leaving a positive evaluation, as well as suggestions to grow the idea even more! Thank you!

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