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Gina Badalaty is a lifestyle blogger for moms raising kids with special needs. She is passionate about living a nontoxic life, inclusion for kids with disabilities and technology to help kids thrive.
Sep 16, 2016
As my daughter is set to start 8th grade, I can safely say that communication with her teachers is one of the key ingredients that has helped her have a successful school career thus far. Unfortunately, communication between teachers and parents is not always easy and those who are new to the school may not be sure how to inform, query or contact teachers. Parents can guarantee successful communication by asking your child’s teacher the right questions early in the year.
Before you set out to do that, it’s best to determine your goals for your child’s education and what you want your teacher to know. For example, it’s important to me that my child doesn’t just get academic lessons but also acquires social skills at school. It’s also important that teachers understand my child’s strengths and weaknesses to help them position her in their classroom structure.
Finally, remember that teachers today have their hands full. From new curriculum to larger class sizes, elementary and secondary school teachers are more overworked than ever. It might not be possible for your teacher to answer your questions immediately. My experience has been that they will reply in a timely matter. Urgent questions and emergencies will be answered right away but detailed questions might take a few days or a week.
With these ideas in mind, here are 6 questions to ask your child’s teacher to help set up a successful school year for your child:
Don’t be afraid to ask your child’s teacher questions before and throughout the school year, especially if your child is reluctant to share information about their day. If there are communication problems, ask the teacher if she can meet you for an informal parent teacher meeting. Understanding your teacher’s classroom and style can help you be proactive in your child’s education. Taking the time to ensure proper communication with your child’s teacher is critical to their success.