It is vital that the lines of communication are kept open between a parent and a teacher as these are two groups of people who play a key role in the child’s personal and educational development. There are a variety of occasions when parents need to speak to the teachers directly and regular opportunities to do so should be open to the parents. It can be helpful for parents to know the questions that they should be asking the teacher so that they can work together to help the child to reach their full potential.
Some of the questions that parents should be asking the teacher:
What are my child’s strengths?
It is good to start on a positive note. Every child has their strengths, whether this be academic, creative or strengths in their personality. Identifying your child’s strengths in school will help you to look at the areas where they will progress easily and those areas where they may need additional support.
What are my child’s weaknesses?
It is equally important to identify a child’s weaknesses. This will help both the teacher and the parent to support the child in progressing in this area of weakness. Also, it will help them to look at alternative ways of teaching, supporting and working with the child to make the most of what a child can offer in their weaker areas.
Is my child happy or are there any problems?
School is about much more than academic learning. It is a place where your child will spend a large proportion of their time and will make many advances in their personal and emotional development. It is important to most parents to know that their child is happy in school and to identify any issues so that they can be handled in the appropriate way.
What can I do to support my child?
Learning extends beyond the classroom environment. Parents can offer support with their child’s education at home. Parents should discuss this with their child’s teachers to make sure that they are supporting their child in the right subject areas and setting tasks at the right level for their child. There may be specific tasks that the teacher will recommend that you do. They may also be able to advise you on resources that can be used in the home. If parents have access to the Internet then they will be able to offer websites that have both online and printed activities for your child.
What are the forthcoming topics my child will be studying?
By being aware of what topics are coming up in the curriculum, a parent can help to prepare their child and perhaps do some research with them in advance of the topic starting. It will also mean that a parent knows what their child is doing in school and can discuss with heir child at the end of the school day.
What support is in place for my child?
Many children require additional support in school and this can be because of a variety of reasons. If this is the case with your child, it is essential that you are aware of what support is in place for your child and what it is hoped that this support can achieve.
To play an active role in your child’s education, it is important to speak to the class teacher on a regular basis. By asking the right questions, a parent can make a significant contribution to their child’s progress and development.