How to Survive Back to School Night

27 Sep

Step 1: Spend the week ahead stressing about filling in the syllabus template.

Step 2: Shamelessly copy the syllabus template last year’s teacher write, making a few modifications.

Step 3: Spend the days before modifying the slideshow you used in the past.

Step 4: Borrow slides from the slideshow shared by a colleague.

Step 5: Share your slideshow with a colleague new to the grade, building and school district.

Step 6: Teach all day the day of BTSN.

Step 7: Drive home, thankful that you have end of the day plan, to walk and feed the dog.

Step 8: Change clothes, then drive back to school.

Step 9: Eat dinner (provided by the PTO) on the balcony attached to the staff room, laughing with colleagues.

Step 10: Go overtime on your period 1 presentation because 10 minutes is really short.

Step 11: Repeat presentation five more times, but finish before the bell.

Step 12: Drive home.

Step 13: Take some time to wind down before going to bed.

Step 14: Wake up Friday morning with a headache.

Step 15: Be thankful you planned a writing sample for all Friday classes.

Step 16: Go to bed really early Friday night.

Step 17: Make it a two-nap Saturday.

Step 18: Feel normal by Sunday.

4 Responses to “How to Survive Back to School Night”

  1. vivian chen September 27, 2022 at 6:40 am #

    It’s amazing how much BTSN can take it out of you–even after so many years! The way you used this list added to the feeling of exhaustion.

  2. Trish September 27, 2022 at 7:01 am #

    And all to begin again, but this week with NO BTSN in your rotation! The steps clearly describe each detail—I always went over, too, and the last group of parents invariably wanted to stay and “chat” a bit, despite being clearly told it was not the time for conferences. (Is that ever an issue for you?)

    • Adrienne September 27, 2022 at 8:17 am #

      Fortunately at this and my previous school, the Admins make an announcement at the end calling staff to a meeting in the library. I’m sure the parents know there is no meeting but take the hint.

      • Trish September 27, 2022 at 8:22 am #

        So smart!

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