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That old saying is true -- knowledge is power -- for both kids and parents. Which is why it’s so important to know what to expect. Here are 9 questions to engage the teacher at your first conference.
1. What will my child be expected to accomplish this year in each subject?
2. What types of projects and assignments will help my child succeed?
3. How will my child be evaluated and how often?
4. How do your evaluation methods compare to other school districts’?
5. What can I do at home to support what is going on in the classroom?
6. How do I know what/when homework has been assigned?
7. What if my child is easily bored, or easily frustrated? How do you accommodate differences in learning?
8. Are there programs available for students who may need extra help?
9. Can parents volunteer to contribute to classroom activities?
More questions by ages and stages
What is a typical day like in the classroom?
What if my child is shy or clingy to me when I drop her off?
How do you handle disciplining the children in the classroom?
How is developmental progress evaluated?
How structured or unstructured is the classroom?
What are some milestones for this age group?
To what extent do kids use computers?
How much homework is assigned each week?
Are phonics skills and punctuation stressed in writing?
Are there trouble signs to be aware of regarding learning pace?
How are students prepared for future learning before high school?
Is tutoring available for students who may need more help?
Are children encouraged to think about career interests?
How can I support the teachers in achieving higher academic standards?
How much does peer pressure come into play in the classroom? How can we as parents address this issue?
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