Being a senior teacher, I don't get quite the same experience as the freshmen. By the time most students are seniors, their parents have already seen the building, know their way around, and don't always need to come visit open house. The parents that do show up, thankfully, are there because they're deeply invested in what goes on here. I don't need to sell them on the importance of grades, attendance, and engagement...they've been working on it for 13 It's a captive audience, though not as large as the freshmen teachers down the hall.
The thing about Open House, though, is that while it's great to give parents a look into the classroom physically, many teachers are already showing parents their classrooms online everyday. Speaking for myself, I post assignments daily, all the work online, and even write this blog with both classroom info and personal insight in my thoughts on all things connected to the school. Open House limits us to nine minutes with parents, but in realty there's a lot more to see and explore here.
So as this half-day ends, it's time to clean the whiteboards, touch up the computers, set up a display of books, and get ready for another "Opening Day". Ten minutes with a group of parents is hardly enough time, but can seem like forever if you're not prepared.