September 8th, 2020

Questions to Ask Educators

Teacher answering question from student as her desk.

Every child can have problems learning from time to time, and parents are often the first to notice. Some learning problems come and go. But if they seem to persist, it’s important for parents to communicate with their child’s teachers and other caregivers about difficulties. Grades and comments on report cards can be helpful as a conversation starter. They reflect school performance over time and indicate how well a child is meeting learning expectations. It’s also helpful when parents keep records (e.g., work samples) and take notes of things they observe—even for children as young as 4 or 5. Parents can share their specific concerns with teachers and other specialists, offering perspective about how long their child has been struggling. More information is always best when preparing to make important decisions about how to help children succeed across all areas of learning and behavior. 

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