It’s an annual rite of fall – figuring out who your child’s new teacher will be and preparing your child for the teacher and the teacher for your child.

It can be a delicate dance, especially if your child struggles in school and has anxiety about being in school and doing homework. However, that might be one of the primary reasons to schedule an early meeting with the teacher to talk about those issues and devise a plan to help your child succeed.

Even if your child is a solid student and good classroom citizen, it’s critical for you to meet your child’s teacher and find out the way they run their classroom. You can impart that information to your child and give her some tips and ideas of how to prepare for the upcoming school year.

If your child’s teacher has an idea of your child’s abilities and limitations before the school year begins, it will enable the teacher to potentially build upon those strengths and work on those weaknesses throughout the year.

It’s always a good idea to establish open lines of communication with your child’s teacher. After all, you and your child will be spending the better part of nine months with that teacher and you want to be able to engage him or her about your child’s progress and defuse any potential problems, should they arise. Building that foundation from the beginning of the school year will foster goodwill and give you and your child a better opportunity for a memorable and rewarding school year.

What to Ask Your Child's Teacher

  • What is your teaching style?
  • Is your grading style unique or fairly standard?
  • What are your expectations for academics, behavior and fun?
  • How do you handle disciplinary problems?
  • How do you encourage creativity, freedom of thought, and expression?
  • Do you build in down time for your students?
  • What do you do if a child is bullied?
  • What should I be doing at home to foster my child’s educational growth?
  • Are there any major assignments or projects that we should be prepared for this year?

What to Tell Your Child's Teacher

  • These are my child’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • This is what my child has struggled with in previous years.
  • This is what my child does well and this is what my child does not do well.
  • My child might have an issue with these things in your class.
  • My child might act out on occasion and these are his triggers.

Taking care of this now will help your child have a better and more successful year at school.