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19 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher

Asking Questions may not always be at the forefront of a parents mind when they go to discuss with a school or with a child’s teacher as they may expect to be spoken at by the teacher or representative. However asking questions will enable you as the parent to have a better understanding of the work and progress your child is making, whilst also finding out the qualities of teaching that your child’s teacher is exhibiting.

  1. What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?
  2. How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class?
  3. What are the most important and complex ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the
    academic year or term?
  4. Do you focus on strengths or weaknesses?
  5. How are creativity and innovative thinking strategies used daily within the classroom setting?
  6. How is critical thinking used in the classroom on a daily basis?
  7. How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than just being used as a measurement
  8. What can I do to support literacy at home?
  9. What kind of questions do you suggest that I ask my child daily about your class?
  10. How exactly is learning personalised in your classroom?
  11. How do you measure academic progress?
  12. What are the most common instructional or literacy strategies that you will use this year?
  13. What learning models do you use? Project based, play based learning? And what do you see as the
    primary benefit of that approach?
  14. What are the best resources that we should consider using as a family to support our child in the
  15. Is there technology you would recommend that can help support my child in self-directed
  16. What are the most common barriers you see to academic progress in your classroom?
  17. How is education changing?
  18. How do you see the role of teacher in the learning process?
  19. What am I not asking but I should be?

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