How can teachers prepare for successful Parent-Teacher Interviews and what are some recommended questions teachers can ask?
There is a range of questions early childhood teachers can ask parents about the child’s development since birth. A few focused questions can quickly reveal if there is a strong likelihood of potential literacy developmental issues occurring.
The three main questions to ask at a Parent-Teacher Interview to discover potential literacy developmental issues are:
- Questions relating to the status of the child’s ear health: Did the child have ear infections? Ask also was the child was ever referred to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist and if they ever had grommets inserted?
- Questions relating to a potential genetic predisposition: Have any family members (aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, parents) had speech, language and literacy problems?
- Questions relating to the status of their speech and language skills: Was the child a later talker? (by 2 years children should be saying 50 words and 2-3 word sentences.) Did the child ever see a speech pathologist in the private or public system? Is the child a talkative child now, or do family members speak for the child? With unfamiliar people does the child appear shy?
Parent-Teacher Interviews are valuable opportunities for teachers to communicate with parents or guardians about their child’s progress, strengths, challenges, and overall well-being in the school environment.
The questions asked during these Parent-Teacher Interviews can help foster a positive partnership between teachers and parents. Here are some suggested questions that teachers may ask during parent interviews:
- How do you feel your child is adjusting to the classroom and school environment?
- What are your child’s interests and strengths outside of school? How can we build on these in the classroom?
- Are there any specific areas where you’ve noticed your child struggling academically, socially, or emotionally?
- What learning strategies or approaches have you found most effective in supporting your child’s learning at home?
- How does your child approach challenges or setbacks? Is there anything specific we can do to support their resilience?
- What are your child’s favorite subjects or activities in school? How can we nurture their enthusiasm for learning?
- Does your child have any specific learning preferences or styles that we should be aware of?
- Are there any personal or family circumstances that may impact your child’s learning or well-being?
- What are your goals for your child’s learning and development this academic year?
- How can I best communicate with you throughout the year to keep you informed about your child’s progress?
- What additional resources or support can we provide to help your child succeed?
- Do you have any questions or concerns about your child’s experience in the classroom?
It’s essential to create a welcoming and non-judgmental environment during Parent-Teacher Interviews, as open communication is key to a successful parent-teacher relationship. Additionally, be prepared to actively listen and take notes during the meeting to demonstrate that you value the parents’ input and concerns.
Remember, every child and family is unique, so tailor your questions to the specific needs and circumstances of the child in question, especially if you are trying to discover potential literacy developmental issues.