Parent Teacher Conference Talking Points

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With parent teacher conferences around the corner I thought it may be useful to find some material or types of information to help parents ask critical questions to examine their child in a deeper way. Every week I provide information to the teachers at RCS on various topics such as the common core, new technology, math and language arts, and even preparing for parent conferences. As a parent myself I meet with my wife and we discuss various points of discussion we would like to know beyond how are the kids doing in school. So this weekend I have been on the look out to help the advocates of the students. All to often well intentioned parents go into the semi annual meetings just to listen and come out feeling great about their child’s progress. I hope this post from teachthought.com will give us all some tools to ask the deeper questions that will really help our children learn and develop a better home- school connection.

Please remember to check out the Common Core for Parents blog on the RCS page at Arrsd.org. This site has most of he gusts dares written in easy to understand language.

What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?
How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class?
What are the most important and complex (content-related) ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the year?
Do you focus on strengths or weaknesses?
How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?
What can I do to meaningfully support literacy in my home?
What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?
How exactly is learning personalized in your classroom? In the school?
How do you measure academic progress, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of that approach?
What are the most common instructional or literacy strategies you will use this year, and why?
What learning models do you use (e.g., project-based learning, mobile learning, game-based learning, etc.), and what do you see as the primary benefits of that approach?
What are the best school or district resources for students and/or families that no one uses?
Is there technology you’d recommend that can help support my child in self-directed learning at home?
What are the most common barriers you see to academic progress in your classroom?
How is education changing?
How do you see the role of the teacher in the learning process?
What would the ideal learning environment, free of any constraints, look like?
What am I not asking but should be?
This post is based on one written by Terry Heick was first published on edutopia.org; 20 Important Questions Parents Should Ask Teachers; Image attribution flickr user flickeringbrad

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