A new school year is upon us, and pretty soon your child will learn who their teachers will be. I think it is a good idea to contact the teacher early and ask questions about what your child can expect during the school year. As a teacher, I appreciate parents who want to understand what is happening in my classroom. As a parent, I would pick a few questions that are important for my child’s individual needs and my family values. Hopefully, these questions can become a springboard into a successful school year for your child.
What does a typical class period look like?
How would you describe your teaching style?
Do you read aloud to the class? How often?
How do you foster a love of reading for your students?
How do you choose novels for the class?
Do the texts you read in class include diverse authors and characters?
How do you differentiate what the students read based on ability level?
How often will my child be reading in your class?
How often will my child be writing in your class?
How often will you meet with my child one-on-one?
How often do the students go to the school library?
What vocabulary program do you use?
What interventions do you have if my child is a struggling reader?
How do you support/challenge readers who may be above grade level?
What do your assessments look like? How are they used?
What does homework usually look like in your class?
Cheers to a great school year!