Parent teacher meetings are taking place this week, and we’ve put together 8 questions to ask your teacher.
Which activities most engage my child in her learning?
Understanding the things that your child is motivated by and helps to understand what they are passionate about, thereby giving you a glimpse into their natural talents.
What approaches have resulted in my child making the most progress?
If you want to understand how your child’s teacher tailors her methods to your individual child, and the type of learning style your child is innately drawn to, this is a powerful question to ask. When you have the answer you can apply it to other areas of study that your child may be bewildered by which will help your child make sense of things in a way that works well for them.
What can we do at home to help?
The home environment and support you give your child are vital to their learning. You and your child’s teacher need to work as a team so as to support your child’s education – getting an idea of how to play your part at home is critical.
How do you reward my child’s good behaviour?
Continuity is especially important with children, so any incentives to perform well used by the teacher that work, can also work at home. If there is continuity between school and home when it comes to incentivising your child to perform well, your child has a clear, structured routine.
How easily does my child make and maintain friendships?
Your child’s academic performance comes hand in hand with their social interactions at school. Having a steady, safe social environment can be the difference in attitude towards engaging in school.
What has been my child’s greatest success this term?
Getting positive feedback about your child is really very important. Requesting feedback about your child’s achievement allows you to give her some positive feedback, making her feel good, which allows two things to happen next. One; it encourages continued good behaviour and achievement at school, and two; if there were some things raised at the meeting that need to be worked on, it allows you to congratulate your child and open the communication channel with them about working together to problem solve areas that require attention.
What’s the biggest challenge coming up for my child?
Things seem so much easier when you know where you are right? It allows you to make a plan, to weigh things up, to take the first step towards something. Well it’s the same here. Whether it is a test, a friend issue, or simply a bad habit that she has picked up, asking the teacher what she expects to challenge your child gives you an idea of what page you are on, and therefore allows to you prepare for any struggles you child faces.
How can we keep in touch about my child’s progress?
10 minutes doesn’t give a lot of time to delve deeply into what’s happening at school, particularly if there are concerns about your child, so ask the teacher how you can keep each other informed. Depending on the teacher they might suggest weekly chats, email update or written notes. Whatever the method, establish a communication channel – remember you’re a team.