10 Questions You Should ask Your Child’s Teacher at the Start of the School Year

10 Questions You Should ask Your Child’s Teacher at the Start of the School Year
Manal Durri

As parents, we all want what’s best for our children. The best school. The best teachers. And while those things do make a difference, the best thing a child can have is an informed and supportive family. The more informed and supportive the family is, the more likely it is for the student to thrive in school.

At ICS you can expect teachers to do their part to support your child’s learning by not only educating them, but by acknowledging that every student learns differently, and therefore ensuring that teachers are able to offer additional support to students based on their varying individual needs. This is the concept of personalized learning which gives students the agency to direct and take accountability for their learning. As parents, you can further support your child’s learning by staying informed and looking for ways to complement their learning at school. 

Below is a list of questions that you can ask your child’s teacher to help you understand what’s happening in the classroom. 

  1. What academic standards do you use and what do I need to know about them?

  2. How will you respond if and/or when my child struggles in class?

  3. How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom? 

  4. How will assessments be used to promote learning rather than just being a grade given?

  5. What kinds of questions should I ask my child about school on a daily basis?

  6. How is learning personalized in the classroom and at school?

  7. What are the most common barriers you see to academic progress?

  8. What is the best way for me to contact you?

  9. What can I do at home to support what you teach at school?

  10. What am I not asking but should be?

Set the tone for the school year by asking two or three of these questions in the couple weeks of school. Teachers would be happy to answer them. Just try not asking them all at the same time!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher directly.

This article was written by High School student Yeabsera Esayas. Yeabsera has been a student at ICS since kindergarten.