10 Important Questions Parents Need to Ask Their Child’s Teacher

The school is considered as the child’s second home. Our children spend most of their time in their classrooms, learning new things and interacting with their classmates and teachers. Some parents tend to neglect to monitor the progress of their child and will often leave it in the hands of their teachers. However, it is important that they learn to communicate with the teachers and be updated on their child’s progress. Their child’s behavior at home may not necessarily reflect what he or she does in the classroom. Asking the teacher the right questions will help to determine how parents can further assist their child in his or her learning.

Here are ten questions to get you started:

1. How does my child interact with other people?

This question is very important because it leads to a series of other questions. With this first question, you will know a lot about your child. Is he/she rowdy? Too shy? Is it too hard for him/her to get along with his/her classmates? If your child is being bullied, then he/she may fear going to school, which is a serious matter that you and the teacher should resolve. Experiences like these have an effect on how our children will behave when they grow up.

2. What are my child’s strong and weak points?

Your child’s strong points may be different based on his or her interests. For instance, he may be good in math but like writing and literature. Knowing your child’s strong points will enable you to help him nourish things that he can be passionate about. Knowing his weak points will help you decide on what kind of help he needs.

3. Do you think my child should get additional assistance on any matter?

The parent should be the child’s number one supporter. Whatever the child is lacking should be immediately identified and filled in by the parent.

4. Is my child able to comply with assignments and projects?

Children have the habit of not letting their parents know about their homework and projects so they are allowed to play or watch TV as soon as possible. Passing homework and projects diligently aim to inculcate responsibility among the students. They should be guided and monitored appropriately.

5. Does my child see the blackboard clearly?

Students who have eye problems are usually detected during their first to third grade in primary school. Teachers know very well how to determine who have trouble seeing the things in front of the class.

6. Does my child keep his things in order?

Being organized is an essential skill that a child must learn to develop. Try to check his desk in the classroom. If he can keep his things in order, then this will be a good starting point in him being able to manage his homework and other responsibilities, as well.

7. Is it easy for him to pay attention in class?

Children usually have a short attention span. Five minutes into the lesson, you can already see a student daydreaming, staring off into outer space. You can work out a way with the teacher on how to call the attention of your child without distracting the rest of the class.

8. What are the house rules that you implement in your classroom?

Teachers may differ in the rules that they implement. Some may turn out to be stricter. Knowing these rules ahead of time may save you and the teacher a lot of heated discussions in the future if your child gets punished for his actions.

9. What is the best way to communicate with you for any concerns?

Teachers may vary on their preferences on how to communicate with the parents regarding their child’s concerns. Some may want to talk over the phone, go electronic with email, or do it the old-fashioned way by face to face. Establishing your means of coordinating with the teacher early on will make it easier for you to resolve issues if anything arises in the future.

10. Do you have any suggestions for my child?

This question wraps up the things you have discussed your child. If the student requires extra aid on any matter, the teacher may know some tools or classes that he or she may avail to help the child  in studying.

The success of the child will be a team effort between the teacher and the parent. To do your part well, a complete understanding of your child is needed. These are ten questions that are quite simple, but once you get the answers you need, you’ll go home knowing a lot more about your child.

Maria Dublin
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Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.