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Questions You Should Be Asking Your Child’s Teacher


The kids are on Spring Break but learning never ends in my household. I'll be doing a 4 part series with this being my first post, be sure to follow along every other day for the other 3 parts. Your child’s education is important. The skills your child is learning now will follow them throughout their lives, making it crucial that you work with your child’s teacher to guide your kid to success. In order to do this, you will need to ask your child’s teacher questions. Not sure what to ask? Here are a few questions you should be asking your child’s teacher.


How is my child behaving in class?

Many times, parents want to jump straight to the question about how they’re doing in school, but the answer to this has many sides to it. Doing well in school isn’t just about being able to read at a certain level or memorizing the right amount of math facts. Doing well in school also has to do with your child’s behavior. Do they follow directions? Are they putting in their best effort, even if the task is hard? By asking these behavioral questions, you’ll be able to understand more about how your child is doing in school and why.

Is there anything my child can do to make it more challenging?

School shouldn’t be easy. If you want your child learning new things, then they should constantly be challenged. If you feel like your child is doing well in school and keeping up with the pace of every day school life, then ask your child’s teacher what you can do to make it more challenging. Maybe you can help your child read a more challenging book or get a jumpstart on multiplication. By making school challenging and getting ahead, you’re teaching your child about the importance of learning.

Do you have any advice or tips for me?

Your child’s teacher works with them for a large part of the day. They see how your child works in groups versus how they work independently. They know how stressed your child gets during a test or how bored they can be during their least favorite subject. Because your teacher knows your child so well, simply ask for any advice or tips they might have. You might be surprised with the insight the teacher gives you in regards to your child.

Let's discuss: What questions do you ask your child’s teacher?

Annmarie John
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  1. Yes the first question I always ask is "how are they doing?" not anything really about their behavior. That's something the teachers usually talk about. I also ask about the ways that she teaches and how I can incorporate that into my own home when my kids get home.

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    1. That's good because you want to continue that learning process at home as well. Sounds like you have it all figured out and it's working well for you. :)

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  2. Those are all great questions indeed. I don't have any kids right now but I know the first thing I would have thought to ask was how my kids are doing. Would never have thought about asking what I can do to make things more challenging.

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    1. Then when you do have kids of your own, you can always refer to this but yes you don't want to make things too easy for your kids.

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  3. I have a high school aged child so it's a little more difficult to ask questions. By the time they're teens, the teachers want to deal with them directly.

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    1. I have a teenager and don't find it that difficult to talk to his teachers. You can do it if you really wanted to, and I make it my business to.

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  4. This is a great post! So many parents just sit back and think that its the teachers job to make them do good, but there is SO much more to it than that!

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    1. Oh yes there is. After all they're not the teachers children, they're yours and you should really be the one making sure that they do well.

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  5. Especially when kids were in daycare, I was always asking for them for advice on anything I had questions on. Now that they're in school, I agree, my first questions are usually about their behavior. Mine are curious little boys, and usually they do well in school. If they're acting up in class, I know it's likely because they are bored or in one case, he was getting picked on, trying to retaliate and the teacher saw it as my kid acting up.

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    1. Yes, I can relate 100%. Mine was bored in class so had all that extra time to act up. It wasn't until they started giving him more challenging work to do that he settled down.

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  6. I think I do pretty well asking my children's teachers questions. These are definitely great ones!

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    1. That's great for you but unfortunately not everyone does.

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  7. As a former teacher for 8 years, I wish that parents were more involved like this.

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    1. Yes it surprises me how many parents aren't involved in their kids education and leave it up to the teachers.

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  8. This is so wonderful! My husband was a school teacher for a long time and it was crazy how many teacher he never even met during the school year!

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    1. I think you meant 'parent' instead of 'teacher'. I have a friend who NEVER goes to parent-teacher conferences. She said if there's a problem they'd call her.

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  9. I will have to remember these when my kids are in school! Such great advice!

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    1. By the time your kids are in school, there might even be more to add to this list. :)

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  10. Great advice. Not enough parents communicate with the teachers - it's always good to know how they're doing and see if they have any comments!

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    1. That is so true and it amazes me that quite a few parents aren't more involved.

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  11. I think it is so important to maintain open communication with our children's teachers. It's a great way to make sure that learning is still going on once they get home from school.

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    1. I most certainly agree. I think you should always maintain a good relationship with your kids teachers.

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  12. These are some great questions! I'm always asking my daughters teacher about her behavior in class. I also ask if she actually eats at school since she comes home starving lol...

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    1. LOL, well you can't have that at all. You want to make sure that she's eating of course. :)

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  13. Communication with teachers and the school is really important as a parent. It's sad that more parents don't do that :(

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    1. That is so true. I'm so surprised at the amount of parents who don't show up at conferences or get involved. I'm maybe too involved. :)

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