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15 Questions: Questions to Start a Conversation with Your Child


I have been looking for the right resource to help parents draw out important information from their children. Getting information from children can sometimes be difficult especially when parents are asking questions about their day in school. Thanks to the folks at Edutopia, I’d like to share 15 questions for parents to ask students instead of asking “how was school today?”

Elena Aguilar, blogger for Edutopia, shares a wonderful list of 15 questions that can be modified based on the age of the student. She believes how and when parents ask these questions can make a big difference in what students share with them. Likewise, she thinks parents should not ask every question all at once. With time, Aguilar believes parents will figure out which questions elicit the best (most meaningful) responses.

Like Aguilar, I believe the goal should be to use these questions to begin a meaningful conversation with students. However, timing is everything and there are good and bad times to start a conversation with students. Click here to read all of Elena’s post. tlb

  • Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning.
  • Tell me about a moment in class when you felt confused.
  • Think about what you learned and did in school today. What’s something you’d like to know more about? What’s a question you have that came from your learning today?
  • Were there any moments today when you felt worried? When you felt scared?
  • Were there any times today when you felt disrespected by anyone? Tell me about those moments.
  • Were there times today when you felt that one of your classmates demonstrated care for you?
  • Were there any moments today when you felt proud of yourself?
  • Tell me about a conversation you had with a classmate or friend that you enjoyed.
  • What was challenging about your day?
  • What do you appreciate about your day?
  • What did you learn about yourself today?
  • Is there anything that you’d like to talk about that I might be able to help you figure out?
  • Is there anything you’re worried about?
  • What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  • Is there a question you wish I’d ask you about your day?

About principalaim

Head of Lower School & Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Louisville Collegiate School

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This entry was posted on October 29, 2016 by in family, School, Social Emotional, Uncategorized and tagged , , , .
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