Graphic Organizers help us keep track of learning, new ideas and questions. While we often use them with our students, do we use them when presenting to adults. As you read this article think about how a graphic organizer could be used in your Back to School Night Presentation. Parents can record their previous knowledge about your class or grade level, ask questions and share gained learning. Sample answer: I could use an "I see, I think, I wonder" organizers as parents come into the classroom. While waiting for the presentation to begin or at the beginning of it, I will ask parents to look around the room and fill in the chart. At the end of our time together, I will ask parents to add to the chart and share out any "wonderings" that were answered. Unanswered questions could be addressed in future newsletters.
This website gives many examples of using learning centers to inquire into topics and concepts. What centers can you set up to help your parents learn about your classroom and expectations? Third grade teachers tried this last year ask one of them to share what they learned through this process.
Use technology to promote inquiry within your presentation. This article describes how technology can be used through the various phases of the science inquiry cycle. How can you use technology with your parents to tap into prior knowledge, plan their inquiry and share what they have learned?
Many of us rely on a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation when presenting information to our parents on Back to School Night. Keep your presentation while allowing adult learners to reflect ask questions and share. This is an example of a presentation on inquiry that has inquiry embedded within it. Sample Answer: I already have a Back to School Night PowerPoint. I can easily add the "I see, I think, I wonder" organizer onto slides at the beginning, middle and end of the presentation and take out the slides that are duplicated in the information brochures - such as the daily schedule.