Thursday, August 1, 2013

Back to School: Meet the Teacher

As a special ed resource teacher, I don't have a typical homeroom of students.  I pull students from several grade levels and several different classrooms.  

My first few years as a resource teacher I felt so sad on Meet the Teacher days.  My classroom was ready, I was ready and dressed, but there were no students and parents coming to see me.  All of my students were going to meet their gen ed teachers and dropping off supplies but not coming to my classrooms.

Since I can't visit all of my students in their gen ed classrooms, I realized I needed a way to encourage my students to come to me.  Every year, I place these Welcome Back to School cards on their desks in the gen ed classroom.  This little reminder has made a HUGE difference in the amount of students and parents I have coming to see me.  I love having the opportunity to chat with parents and not be in an IEP meeting.

I've made 3 different versions with slight word changes for you.  These cards are good for returning students that you've already met, new students that you haven't met, and those young Kindergarten students who are just Welcome to School for the first time.  Click on the picture to download your cards.

Have you found ways to encourage more students and parents to visit you for Meet the Teacher?


  1. Thank you for sharing! This is the 1st full year I will be a resouce room teacher and this is a great resource to have!

  2. I understand how you feel when I look at the general education classes compared to the special ed. classes. Since most of our students are bussed in, many of them don't have transportation to come to open house or back to school night. So often, I am standing in my class waiting for SOMEONE to show up! So to get them to come to my class, I tell the kids I will have cookies and snacks for those who show up. It usually works! :)

  3. I am glad to see that this is a concern for others! I was so nervous as a new resource room teacher... I wasn't sure how to make that first connection with parents! Thanks for sharing!



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