Tuesday, 16 August 2016

How to Host a Successful Curriculum Night

 
With the new curriculum upon us in British Columbia, my school will be hosting a Curriculum Night in September.  Are you thinking of hosting one as well?  I've compiled a list of 10 ideas you can use to host your own successful Curriculum Night.  Sounds great, right?

1. Curriculum FAQ
I think that no matter what you do, a portion of the evening has to be an information session where parents can hear some info from admin or teachers and ask their questions.  This list of FAQ from the curriculum website is a great place to start.
https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/pdf/faq.pdf
Credit: BC Ministry of Education

2. Use QR Codes
The new curriculum is all about embracing our fast changing world and using technology to do so.  The Daring Librarian has lots of great ways to use QR codes for a parent night.  I love the idea of having parents scan to get teacher info or to direct them to the school website or Facebook page.
http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2014/08/10-things-to-do-with-qr-codes-on-backto.html
Credit: The Daring Librarian

3. STEM Challenge
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  STEM Challenges involve hands-on learning and inquiry.  Completely at the heart of the new curriculum.  The image below will send you to three great options, but there are literally hundreds out there.
http://playtivities.com/stem-challenges-family/
Credit: Playtivities

4. FreshGrade
If your teachers are using it this is a great time to share the benefits of embracing FreshGrade with parents.  If you aren't familiar, read all about it here.
www.freshgrade.com
Credit: FreshGrade
5. Math Carnival
Literacy and math skills are still front and centre in the new curriculum.  The use of carnival games will make the evening upbeat, fun and engaging.
http://mathtrailblazers.uic.edu/teachers/curriculum-night/math-carnival-games/
Credit: Math Trail Blazers
6. Donation Station
With the new curriculum comes the need for lots of additional maker-type items.  Maybe you send a wishlist of items on the invitation and parents could drop off during the event?
http://www.tunstallsteachingtidbits.com/2013/08/ready-or-notmeet-teacher.html
Credit: Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

7. Enjoy-mints
Who doesn't love a treat?  This sign and saying are oh-so-cute too.
http://schoolandthecityblog.blogspot.ca/2014/09/open-house-meet-teacher-night.html
Credit: School and the City

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