My school just had our Meet and Greet before school started. This is an opportunity for students to come in, meet their new teachers, see their new classrooms, and bring in supplies. Does your school do something like this before the first day?
I love this opportunity, but special education teachers (especially if you do pull-out/resource) are often waiting in their classrooms with little to no students showing up. I realized that most parents probably just don't think about coming by to see the special education teacher or they don't even know where to go!
Every year, I place a card on my students' desks in their gen ed rooms.
Then I got my room already for parents and students to come by!
And sure enough, it works! Out of 10 students on my caseload (more will be added I'm sure), I had 7 come see me and all were holding their cards.
Meet and Greet is a great opportunity to talk to your parents in a low-stress setting. Oftentimes, IEPs can be really stressful. I like to be able to talk to parents in other settings. I really do feel like this helps build those relationships with parents that are so important and lets them know you care.
If you're interested in using these cards, I have an updated set here as a freebie. You'll just need to print, fill in your room number, and add your name. I've added 3 different versions that have slightly different wording to suit different situations. Just click on the picture below to download yours!