3 Questions To Ask Your Child’s Teacher Before Summer Break

by Lauren Goldblatt

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Memorial Day is already behind us?!  It may feel like it’s officially summer, but for most kids, there’s still more school left. Do you have a Parent-Teacher Conference at the end of the school year? You might feel a little intimidated at these meetings.  (Sitting in those little chairs listening to the teacher can do that to you.) But, if you walk into class prepared and excited to learn about how your child is doing in school, you’ll leave that meeting feeling empowered.

What’s the best way to learn more about your child and their education?
Ask questions.

Here are 3 questions you can ask your child’s teacher at the End of the Year Parent-Teacher Conference (besides talking about what grades your child received):

1) What are 2-3 things you suggest we work on together during summer break?

When you have specific things to work on with your child, he can stay sharp AND you can feel good about his progression.

2) What do you think are my child’s strengths AND weaknesses?

You may think you know your child better than anyone, but you might be surprised to hear how your child does in a school setting (sometimes very different than he acts at home).

3) What do you suggest I tell my child’s new teacher for next year?

This question is especially important if you are switching to a new school.  This information will help you and your child start the next school year off right.

Last, but not least, don’t forget to thank your child’s teacher. It’s a tough job — wiping away your child’s tears, cleaning up scraped knees, and making sure they feel loved and included, all while teaching them every day! Now you can walk into your Parent-Teacher Conference with confidence!

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Lauren Goldblatt