When talking to your child’s teacher it’s easy to get caught up in your child’s overall grades and performance, but while you have the opportunity to talk to the teacher one-on-one there are some key questions you should be asking him or her.
What are the expectations for this school year? Know what your child is expected to learn and how he or she will be measured on those skills.
How much homework will my child be getting, and how much time should he or she be spending on assignments each night?
Is my child a visual, auditory, kinesthetic or tactile learner?
What are my child’s problem areas, and what can I do to help him or her improve in these areas?
How are students graded? How much are tests a part of grades, and how much of the grade is from homework assignments and class participation?
Does my child seem happy at school? Is he or she engaged in class?
What level of communication does the teacher want to have with parents, and what method of communication works best for him or her?
Is my child doing OK socially? Who are his or her friends?
Is there a way to monitor my child’s progress and grades at home? Are grades and missing homework assignments listed anywhere?
What programs are available at school for kids who need or want extra help? Is the teacher available before or after school for tutoring? Are there any groups for kids who need extra help, or for kids who excel and need new challenges?