Building Home/School Connections: Questions to Ask Parents as the School Year Begins
During the course of the summer, I’ve shared several resources for teachers and administrators to help kick off the new school year. Many resources shared this summer I hope will directly influence classroom instruction as well as give insight into creative ways to promote professional development for faculty and staff. As the summer comes to an end, I’d like to also share a set of questions from Edutopia contributor, Elena Aguilar, which I hope will help inform early conversations with parents regarding their children.
- What do you see as your child’s greatest strengths or skills? Tell me about a time when you saw your child demonstrating these skills.
- Next June, what do you hope your child says about his/her experience in school this year? What’s the story you hope he/she would tell?
- What was your experience like in this grade? How do you remember that year of school?
- What are your fears or concerns about your child in this year of school?
- How and when would you like me to be in touch with you this year? What do you hope I’d communicate with you about?
- Is there anything else you can tell me about your child that you think would help me support his/her learning?
- Is there a question you hope I’ll ask you about your child?
To learn more from Elena, check out her blog here. tlb