Questions to ask at your child’s PTM

01/11​More than just an occasion to talk about your child’s education

Parents-teacher meetings go beyond just asking your child’s teachers about their academic performance. Since your children spend maximum time at school, their teachers know better about their peer relationships and other aspects of their behavioral issues. They closely observe them daily. What might skip your eye as a parent, will not be overlooked by their teachers. Take the most of these meetings to know your child better. So that you can support them better.


02/11​Is my child actively participating in classroom activities and discussions?

This will help you understand your child’s academic progress. Their teachers can point out specific areas where your child is excelling or struggling. They might be doing wonders in mathematics but be struggling in language, sooner or later, it will hinder their performance across other subjects. It’s best to work on problems when they are small. In this way, you can give additional focus during at-home learning to areas where they are struggling. Ask their teachers to provide examples of your child’s recent work or assignments. Analyzing them with their teachers will help you map out the weak areas that need additional support.


03/11​How is my child’s behavior and social interaction with classmates?

Ask their teachers about any concerns related to your child’s behavioral issues. Are there any issues with their social skills, Are they able to make friends? This will tell you a lot about where your children are struggling. If a child is showing violent or reserved behaviour at school you can accordingly guide them and work on improving these traits. If your child has difficulty making friends, you can help them out by engaging them in social gatherings or hobby classes where they can have opportunities to meet with children of their own age who have shared interests. It will save your children from the trauma of isolation.


04/11​What assessment methods do you use in your class, and how often are assessments conducted?

This will help you better understand where the school is lacking and unable to support your child. It could very well be the school’s irregularity in conducting tests or ill-teaching methods that are contributing to your child’s poor learning levels. Or the school could be deliberately inflating grades to show a better result but in reality, there was no marked improvement in your child’s learning levels. It is better to ask the teachers to explain how your child’s grades are determined. What is their system for assessment and grading? Always be in the loop about your child’s upcoming tests by asking if there are any upcoming tests or projects. Don’t just depend on school staff but actively participate in your child’s education.


05/11​Does my child receive any additional support or accommodations in the classroom?

To determine if your child receives additional support or accommodations in the classroom, it’s essential to communicate with their teacher or school. They can provide insights into any special education services or individualized education plans your child may qualify for. In terms of recommendations for extra help or enrichment programs, discuss your child’s interests and strengths with educators to identify suitable opportunities within or outside the school. To support your child’s learning at home, establish a consistent study routine, provide a conducive environment, and engage in open communication with your child about their educational needs and progress. Encourage reading, exploration, and critical thinking to foster a love for learning.


06/11​How can I help reinforce classroom expectations at home?

To reinforce classroom expectations at home, parents can establish a routine that mimics the school schedule, designate a quiet study space, and provide necessary supplies. Clear communication with teachers and involvement in your child’s education can also help maintain consistency between school and home environments, ensuring a supportive and conducive learning atmosphere.


07/11​Communication with the teacher

Ask them what is the best way to stay in touch with you throughout the school year. Whether through regular email correspondence or scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Ask how often can you get updates on your child’s progress. And any recommendations for improving our parent-teacher communication. Open communication is key, so please don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you have questions or insights to share. Together, both parent and teacher can support your child’s education effectively.


08/11​Extracurricular activities and involvement

When communicating with your child’s teachers, it’s a good idea to inquire about recommended extracurricular activities or clubs. They can provide valuable insights based on your child’s interests and strengths. Additionally, ask how your child can become more engaged in school activities and events. This may involve joining student councils, volunteering, or participating in sports and arts programs. Encouraging their involvement can foster personal growth, leadership skills, and a deeper connection to the school community, enhancing their overall educational experience.


09/11​What is the classroom environment like?

The classroom environment has evolved over time, with a growing emphasis on creating inclusive and interactive spaces that cater to diverse learning styles. Traditional rows of desks have given way to flexible seating arrangements, collaborative workstations, and integrated technology. Educators continue to explore innovative teaching methods, such as blended learning and flipped classrooms, to engage students more effectively. In the face of technology’s increasing role, schools are striving to strike a balance between digital and analog resources. Future updates may involve further integration of technology, personalized learning experiences, and the promotion of critical thinking skills.


10/11​Future plans and recommendations

Insights and recommendations regarding my child’s educational journey. Ask teachers Based on their observations, are there any specific areas or subjects where your child shows particular interest or aptitude? Additionally, ask them for suggestions on any resources or books that might further enhance their learning in these areas. Their valuable input will help you support educational development and nurture your child’s passions effectively.


11/11​Are there any specific study habits or strategies you recommend for my child?

Start by asking, is my child turning in assignments on time? This will give you insights about your child’s learning levels. If they are irregular, it might be because they are not able to grasp what is being taught and, as a result, get demoralized and irregular with homework and assignment submissions. Ask their teachers about your child’s homework and study habits. And how much time should my child be spending on homework each day? By knowing this, you can make specially curated timetables for your children with a special focus on giving them more time to do homework. You can also help your children with their home assignments and work together on areas they struggle with.

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