Back to School Night Tips and Ideas - EB Academics

Grab Your Free Writing Guide

Become an EB Insider Today

Back to School Night Tips and Ideas

July 15, 2016 3 min read

Back to School Night Tips and Ideas

July 15, 2016 3 min read
Back to School Night can sometimes be stressful, especially if you’re a newer teacher wanting to make that awesome first impression for your parents. We’ve compiled a quick list of tips to help get you through your first or twentieth Back to School Night.

Don’t leave a packet on your students’ desks.

When parents walk in, you want them to be paying attention and listening to all of the important information you’re sharing with them. If you leave the packets on students’ desks, they’ll be distracted by it throughout your entire time with them.

Beforehand, give your students time to complete a handout that specifically states their goals for the year.

Make sure students know they will be accountable for these goals. Share a copy of these with their parents and ask for their support at home to help their children meet these goals. Then, at parent-teacher conferences, bring out the goal sheet again and discuss the progress students have made. Of course, there should be check-in’s with students before the conferences to see if their goals need to be adjusted or perhaps, new ones made. (We like sharing these goal sheets with parents at Back to School Night to make it clear that it truly does take a village … students, parents, and teacher(s) all need to be on the same page and the same team!) You may want to create your own goal-setting sheets, or you can grab our resource here, which also includes a way to keep track of all of your students’ goal-setting data!

It is NOT the night for individual parent-teacher conferences.

Make it clear that you cannot meet with parents to discuss how Johnny has done the first few days/weeks of 5th grade. At the end of your presentation, pass out all of your contact info and ask that parents reach out to you via email if they have additional questions. (Better yet, have them ask their children for the information or have their kids ask you – depending on the grade you teach. It’s important for kids to start advocating for themselves – their parents can’t follow them throughout their whole school career asking them about homework policies!)

Ask for classroom donations!

If there are items you need for your classroom, don’t be shy to ask parents for them. They are often willing to help if possible. At one Back to School Night, we let parents know we were in desperate need of new bookshelves for our classroom library. Before the night was over, one set of parents had pledged to order us a new set and another father came later in the week and assembled them for us! While obviously it depends on the financial situation of your families if they can help out or not, it doesn’t always need to be items that are purchased. One mom looking for volunteer hours, helped me sort and organize the entire math curriculum for that year (it was a program that required A LOT of prep before the year got too underway). Her afternoon of assistance was priceless! Our point is, just ask for help! After all, you are a classroom community and it shows students that everyone is invested in their well-being.

Save this post for later!
4 easy tips and tricks for back to school night in your middle school classroom! You will love these and help you make sure you have a great back to school night with your parents!

All posts

No Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.



Hi there! We're two middle school ELA teachers with a mission to share ideas, tips, and tricks for effectively teaching reading and writing in the secondary classroom. We're so happy you stopped by!

Caitlin + Jessica

Your 15 Free Resources Are Waiting!

Immediately receive access to our
Free Resource Library

We promise we won't spam you.

Let’s Connect

Popular Posts

Our Latest Posts



  • This honestly might be my favorite tip I’ve EVER come across on IG. EVER!!! 🤗🤗🤗 It’s from my friend Melissa @readingandwritinghaven ⁣
It’s meant to ensure you’re not teaching writing genres in isolation. KEY 👌🏼 ⁣
Here’s how it works:⁣
- Take a topic and put it in the middle⁣
- Brainstorm possible titles or questions related to that topic that could be addressed in different genres ⁣
- Give students choice and have them pick 1-2 genres to write ⁣
Honestly. Brilliant. ⁣
Thanks @readingandwritinghaven !! And if you aren’t a fan of Melissa yet, you definitely should be 😘♥️
  • It’s about this time of year that I always seem to think about quitting. Every year. Without fail. ⁣
And I think it’s because it’s the hardest part. ⁣
Just like how at the gym you think there’s no way in HECK you can do that last push-up or that last squat. ⁣
May is that last lunge. ⁣
But I remind myself every time, that I’ve left teaching twice only to be MISERABLE. ⁣
The grass almost always looks greener. But it’s not always greener. ⁣
Just take care of yourself, let things go, give every piece of effort, and then enjoy your summer knowing you reached deep within yourself to make it there. ⁣
And make it there happily, filled with contentment. ⁣
Happy Friday in May, friends. Love you guys 😘 📸 @carlacoulson
  • Tell me what you’re teaching right now 👇🏼 Seriously! Let’s get a catalogue of awesome content, so we can all learn from each other!⁣
I’m currently teaching a fan favorite “The Cask of Amontillado” - the irony, the foreshadowing, the evil soul of Montressor ... it is SO GOOD. ⁣
Anyhow, we’re still trucking along to the end! Keeping it interesting and engaging with great lit!⁣
Love you guys 😘 Keep up the good work!
  • When is your bedtime? Because please tell me I’m not the only one 🙋🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ (I might even change that to 8:30 at this point 😆).⁣
Happy Monday, friends 💕 ⁣
Let’s kick this week off with a bang! I’ve got an awesome podcast episode coming out tomorrow with my friend, Holly @researchandplay and next week’s episode is going to be *JUST* what you need to hear this time of year. ⁣
Love you guys! 😘
  • My Mom’s best advice ...?⁣
Life is short. Drink the Chardonnay. Eat the carbs. Travel the world 😂😘 (Which is precisely what we’re doing in this pic from our last trip to Italy together) ♥️ Gotta love her. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
Happy Mother’s Day! I am a proud momma to my little William and two furry boys, Charlie and Huckleberry 👶🏼🐕🐕 and just want to celebrate all the women in our lives - whether you are a mom, hoping to become a mom, or don’t have the desire to be a mom. ⁣
Women are amazing!⁣
What’s your mom’s best advice?
  • Double tap if this students’ response was on point and made you laugh 😂😆 Honestly this is one of my favorite IG posts I’ve ever seen! Thanks @helloteacherlady for spreading the laughs 🤗

Follow @ebacademics