This year our teachers both sent home questionnaires to answer about the kids. Walsh’s teacher sent home three questions and Rose’s sent home 10.
The questions included:
What do you consider to be your child’s strengths?
What positive reinforcement does your child respond to upon successfully completing a task?
What activities does your child participate in outside of school?
What activities and/or subjects does your child like the most?
What activities and/or subjects does your child like the least?
In what kind of learning environment does your child work best?
When issues of discipline come up in school, how best would you like them to be dealt with?
What are you feelings about homework? (amount, type, etc)
What are your primary goals you and your child have set for this school year?
Is there anything else you would like to tell me about your child?
I think these are really excellent questions, and it makes me feel like this teacher (who I don’t know at all) really wants to get to know my child and what works best for her. I appreciate the teacher taking the time to ask these questions and reflect on my input.
Even though I didn’t get questionnaires from last year’s teachers, I think both of the teachers really got to know our kids and our family. They each had very good suggestions for finding the best environment for this year.
I was talking with a principal from a different school last year and I told her that Rose liked to come in each morning and tell her teacher a short story about home before school started. The principal looked straight at me and said there would be no time for that at her school. They had way too much to accomplish.
I shared that story with Rose’s teacher last year and she was just shocked. She said that’s how I get to know my kids – by talking to them!
Are your school’s teachers interested in getting to know your children as individuals or do they just want to check the items off the county’s curriculum list? Is there time in the school day for teachers to listen and learn about their students’ families and outside time? Should the teachers be incorporating the students’ lives into their work to make it more interesting and relevant?
What do you think of our teacher’s questions? Would you appreciate her asking? Would you take the time to answer?