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7 Questions to Ask Your Child's Teacher

With the new Florida school year upon us, parents are always looking for ways to help their children succeed in the classroom. Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to communicate with your child’s teacher or what questions to ask at a School Open House.

Open House/Parent Conferences is a great time to meet your child’s teacher(s) and ask questions concerning your child’s success for the new school year. In order to have a successful school year, the collaboration of parents and teachers is essential.

Here are several tips provided by licensed Florida Teachers to help parents communicate with their child’s teacher throughout the year and seven practical questions to ask at Open House/Conferences.

Communication: Consistent, Clear, and Collaborative

How often? Every nine weeks is recommended that you have a discussion with your child’s teacher about his/her academic and social needs, however you can communicate with your child’s teacher as often as you need to help you feel comfortable about your child’s educational needs.

What channels? You can communicate with your child’s teacher by emails, face conferences, phone conferences, and old fashion notes from home.

With whom? Your child’s teacher is your main source of contact when it comes to your child’s academic needs. Please speak to them first. However, your guidance counselor, as well as your Principal and Assistant Principal will gladly assist you in any way they can.

What questions/topics should we as parents discuss during open house/conferences?

1.What is the best way to communicate with you about my child?

2. What are the rules and procedures for your classroom?

3. How will my child be graded?

4. Do you give homework? How often? What subjects?

5. What will determine whether my child passes at the end of the year?

6. What about assessments?

Kindergarten: KRT Rdg Phonics

-First grade: SAT

-Second grade: SAT

-Third grade: FSA, SAT,FCAT(Science)

-Fourth grade: FSA (ELA/MATH)

-Fifth grade: FSA, SAT,FCAT(Science)

-Middle School: FSA, SAT, FCAT(Science)

-High School: FSA, SAT,FCAT(Science)

-Additional assessments

7. What else can I do to help my kid(s) academically?

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