I hate school open house!

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Registered: 11-28-1999
I hate school open house!
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 3:31pm

I remember fondly the elementary school years when we could stop by the classroom, say hi to the teacher & be out in 20 mins.  Now for high school I have 7 teachers to meet and hear a little talk about what they are going to do and the whole thing takes 2 hours.  Not to mention that DS has a huge school--the old school was too small so they basically added an addition about the same size onto it and there's a "connector" (i.e. bridge) connecting the 2 halves, so it takes a while to go from one half to the other.  I think it's like a 1/4 mile walk.  he did say that 3 of his classes are very close together in the basement.  But after being at work all day, I don't really feel like spending my night doing this.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 09-21-2012 - 4:33pm
I love curriculum night at our high school. It is a big school, 6 floors! It is too busy to actually visit the teachers, but I like knowing what they expect, sylubus for the year, homework policies, etc. It helps me when my kids tell be about Bio class, I have an idea of what the teachers expect, etc...

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 01-05-2005
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 10:19am

That is so funny, because I love Open House (called Curriculum Night here). I admit, at the girls' HS it was a little tough - seven additions including *two* (non-connecting ) third floors. Thank goodness the boys will attend our new HS, which apparently is laid out much better.

I think it's because I'm a visual person. I also like meeting dh's colleagues just to put a name with a face when I'm talking to him. Maybe my imagination is poor, but I never seem to "get it" all before Curriculum Night. After, I feel like when the kids talk, I understand what they're saying. I think it's also because ds12 is kind of bad at communication (literally, he has a mild expressive language disorder), so his "explanations" of how things work seem very convoluted at times!

Today will be a little crazy, though - ds has X-Country after school, then IMEA practice at another HS across town (and we need to lug the bass), Ds10 has soccer practice (ending across town at the same time as IMEA) and we have two hours of Curriculum Night. Luckily, dd22 and a friend agreed to help.  Dh also likes Curriculum Night, just because it's his one chance to meet and assess the teachers.

For ds10 I don't care as much, because I volunteer at least weekly (I have a weekly standing gig) in his class.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 9:39am
We did 9th and 10th grade but that was it. Most of her teachers in 11th & 12th were ones she had already had and we knew the drill well enough not to feel the need to go. For the older kids, it was more like a social event than anything helpful, especially since its a huge school also. ODD did say this year if I wanted to go solely to meet her economics teacher to see for myself who he was and what he was all about so that every time she complained about it, I would understand, I could. But I decided it wasn't necessary.
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Registered: 07-24-1997
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 4:28pm

We don't go to DD's open houses, because she can handle everything well on her own - we don't need a personal relationship with her teachers. 

12yo DS is another story.  Last year I was on a first-name basis with his teachers, who were constantly sending me emails about how he was missing homework.  This year we are doing preemptive strikes by sitting through the entire open house night so we fully understand what their expectations are.  DS is smart but lazy, and now that 17yo DD drives herself everywhere, we are able to devote 90% of our attention to him.  He is getting away with NOTHING this year!