My first few years teaching were filled with forms on desks, or in folders, and parents just sort of wandered around wondering what they should do. To remedy this, I decided to use more of a station approach to sneak-a-peek. This way, parents know exactly where to start, and what needs to be accomplished at each stop along the way before leaving. I like it because it eliminates awkwardness, which, I think I've decided is one of the worst feelings in the world.
I always stand by the door to greet parents and students, and point them in the right direction for where to start. Parents start by signing in, and getting a folder with their child's name on it to collect papers as they move throughout the room. And yes, I put an example of what I want on the paper, because well...I'm not going to assume that everyone knows what to do.
Perhaps THE most important thing that happens during sneak-a-peek is finding out how my kiddos will get home on the first day of school, the first week of school, and thereafter. Each day of the first week requires telling me specifically how a student is getting home, because there are always exceptions to what normally happens during the rest of the school year.
Also, any station that I have parents fill something out, that I want turned in, I place a tray. This way, I don't have parents trying to hand me papers, which I would probably lose.
The other stations really depend on your school, your classroom, and whatever else fits for the evening. I definitely don't try to squeeze in every little thing that I need to give my parents. I try to choose the things that are of top priority. Included in the product are the stations and documents I use exactly. The great thing, is that everything is totally editable. If you only want or need 5 stations - great! Only use five, and change the names and descriptions to suit your needs.
My favorite part of this method is using a checklist. As parents walk in the door I give them one. It's separated into what I need returned that evening, and what papers they should be taking home. It also reminds parents to check their child's take home folder for more information (website permission, picture permission, ABC's of Our Classroom). I don't want to overwhelm parents at sneak-a-peek. I really, really try to just keep it to the necessities.
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