Edutopia.org is a premier resource for teachers. This most recent article is no exception. I found this article to be especially powerful because it provides us, as classroom teachers, an opportunity to view our teaching through an alternative perspective: that of a parent. While these questions are meant for parents, I believe they also benefit us as classroom teachers. If these are the questions parents are going to be asking, shouldn’t we be prepared to provide the best answers?
Regardless of if a parent approaches you with these questions or not, spending some significant time processing these questions can serve as a strong professional development exercise. While a few questions specifically address the day-to-day classroom experience, there are questions that focus on school-wide policy. Spend an afternoon jotting down your responses to these questions, you and your students will benefit.
For those who don’t want to follow the link, the questions are listed below. (Via Edutopia.org)
19 Questions Your Child’s Teacher Would (Probably) Love to Answer
- What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?
- How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class?
- What are the most important and complex (content-related) ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the year?
- Do you focus on strengths or weaknesses?
- How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
- How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
- How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?
- What can I do to support literacy in my home?
- What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?
- How exactly is learning personalized in your classroom? In the school?
- How do you measure academic progress?
- What are the most common instructional or literacy strategies you will use this year?
- What learning models do you use (e.g., project-based learning, mobile learning, game-based learning, etc.), and what do you see as the primary benefits of that approach?
- What are the best school or district resources for students and/or families that no one uses?
- Is there technology you’d recommend that can help support my child in self-directed learning?
- What are the most common barriers you see to academic progress in your classroom?
- How is education changing?
- How do you see the role of the teacher in the learning process?
- What am I not asking but should be?