7 Questions Parents Should Ask Teachers
It’s no secret that today, many children and young people spend more time in schools than at home. That’s why it’s so important to establish a strong communication link between teachers and parents.
Here are some of the questions that, as a parent, you should ask the person in charge of helping you educate your children. We’ll take into account important aspects, both regarding academic performance and personal formation.
7 questions parents should ask teachers
1. How can I improve my child’s education from home?
Education is a joint task that shouldn’t fall on schools alone. It’s in the home where the foundations and values of the children are built. The school only complements and strengthens these bases, so that children will learn to apply what you’ve already been busy sowing in them from your family nucleus.
From home, you can explore and reinforce the processes that teachers initiate when they’re in charge of the children. Always keep in mind that your children will have a better upbringing if you manage to join forces with the teachers with whom they share time on a daily basis.
2. What’s the methodology or pedagogical model that you will use?
It’s always important to estimate the amount of time you should have at home to be with your children. There are teachers who prefer face-to-face work and others choose to assign tasks that must be done at home. This is where the accompaniment of the parents of the family must be constant.
3. Is there a stimulus system?
The faults that our children commit should not be ignored, it is necessary that corrective measures be taken to ensure that negative behaviors are not repeated, but it is also essential that there is a way to recognize the positive actions or results that children achieve. Boys’ strengths and faults should not be overlooked.
4. How’s my child’s behavior in the classroom?
On many occasions, we’re completely unaware of what happens to our children when they leave our homes. It’s their teachers who can help us detect if there are behavioral, learning, socialization problems, or any other circumstance that may affect their overall development.
5. How’s my child’s relationship with their classmates and teachers?
An essential part of children’s development is the quality of interaction they have with their parents and with adults who represent authority figures. The assertiveness of the relationships that your child will establish during adulthood depends on this socio-affective development that occurs in the early stages of growth.
Children and adolescents must also learn to respect the accepted norms in their social context and the teacher will be a great support for you in this regard.
6. Is their learning pace appropriate for their age?
Another important way to detect if there’s any type of learning problem is to know if your child carries out the activities proposed during class at a faster or slower pace than the rest of their classmates. Although the characteristics of each child are different, there’s always a reference point that can give you signals to seek help in time and, if necessary, to turn to a professional other than the teacher.
7. What can I do to help my child overcome their difficulties?
Identifying children’s strengths and weaknesses is the critical step in helping you overcome them. By working together with the professional who you trust to educate your children, you can enhance their cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical development.
Together with their teacher, it’s good to design a plan of activities or tasks that, as a parent, you can carry out in the company of your child to ensure that, step-by-step, they face with greater confidence the situations that arise any day at school.
Finally, remember that it’s important that there’s unity between the authority that’s handled within the home and at school. Make sure there are no contradictions between the corrective measures or stimuli that occur in these two places, where children spend most of their time.
So, now that you know some of the most important questions parents should ask teachers, what are you waiting for to set up a meeting?
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