Every year, parents and teachers gather for the Maclay upper school’s Open House, where teachers teach and parents become the students by learning about their child’s academic career. While parents usually go in person up to the school, this year looked a little different. On Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 pm, teachers and parents logged onto Teams to join the open house meetings.
Due to Covid-19, the open house was hosted virtually on Teams. Despite this, the normal plans of the open house remained the same with parents following their child’s daily schedule. Each class had a designated time slot where parents could log in and talk with the teacher. Teachers then began by introducing themselves to the parents before walking them through important classroom policies and expectations.
“It is nice being home, and when there [was] a study hall or class I did not have to log on [to], I could do other things at my house,” sophomore Hannah Murphy’s mother Pammy Murphy said. “If I am being completely honest, I would say I prefer in person. I think there is more interaction with the teachers, and it is also nice to see the actual classroom your student is sitting in everyday.”
The open house allowed most parents to meet their child’s teachers for the first time and develop personal connections with the instructor. Some parents might have already known a teacher; however, the open house still gave them an opportunity to catch-up and check in.
“I think it is important to meet people and talk in person, or virtually, so that you can get a sense of personality and compassion,” math teacher Katy Gimbel said. “It is very difficult to judge a person by an email, and emails can often be misinterpreted. However, when you meet, it becomes very clear what type of personality you have.”
This event gave parents a tiny sense of what is actually going on in their child’s classes, as well as being informed by the teacher what is needed to succeed in the class.
“I think it is important to have an open house to meet each teacher and be able to put a name with a face,” Murphy said. “It is also important to hear from the teacher what is going to be covered in the class and what the teacher’s expectations are.”