Back-to-school events for parents are more widely attended than ever before. Every September, parents fill classrooms at their children’s schools for the opportunity to get face time with faculty. To find out the latest parent management strategies, Learningpod turned to some veteran AP teachers. Here are some ideas they use to make the annual meeting a win-win.
Flipped Back-to-School Night
AP® teachers Frank Franz and Ken Halla from Fairfax County, Virginia, implement the latest teaching trends in their classes. Very pleased with the success of flipped classroom techniques in AP Micro/Macroeconomics and AP U.S. Government and Politics, they now turn Back-to-School night upside down. Before the big night, students text mom and dad with a URL. The link connects them with a video on which the teachers delineate key content areas, showcase e-books, and explain their homework-reminder systems. This year, Ken, who teaches at Hayfield Secondary School, included a clip from an actual video lesson, while Frank, on the faculty at James Madison High School, shared his standards-based student grading. In addition to watching the video, parents are asked to submit questions through Google Drive; Frank and Ken address the questions during the allocated 10 minutes at Back-to-School Night.
Parents are Students
What we do with those ten minutes can set a tone for the entire year of parent-teacher relationships.
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Learningpod thanks these AP teachers for their contributions and wishes them well this new school year.