Parents of special needs children need to dream big and expect greatness from their children. These students are often limited by their parents and teachers expectations! Parents must ask specific questions about their child's academic potential and current performance.
Start by developing a comprehensive plan to work with teachers, find ways to create a collaborative learning environment where a happy well adjusted child is the first goal. Start with an understanding of the social-emotional well-being of your child, the procedures for goal setting (academic and social-emotional), and the procedures for progress monitoring and the process of reporting information to all stake holders. Parents need to get involved at a deeper level and become experts on their child's strengths and weakness. Parents, teachers, and students must have high expectations! 95% of all labeled special education students are not challenged or pushed to meet their maximum potential! By not challenging and having High Expectations for special needs students, What Do We Risk Losing? Their future to thrive in a complex world!
Asking your child's special education teachers and classroom teachers proactive questions will help you and your child find success. Many topics need to be discussed yearly and asking discovery questions helps all involved stay informed and engaged. Sean D. Taylor M.Ed Special Education
Questions to Ask your Child's Special Education Teacher:
- What are the critical academic benchmarks for my child's grade?
- How do you track my child's progress, and please be very specific?
- Are the goals and objectives aligned to the grade level standards?
- Are the goals and objectives rigorous enough to help my child progress as needed and catch up?
- What questions should I be asking to ensure my child is successful?
- What are the critical academic barriers to my child's progress?
- What do you do when my child makes no progress or regresses?
- How can I help my child prepare for the next grade?
- How will you prepare my child for a successful transition into the next grade?
- How do you determine what are the appropriate goals and objectives for my child's IEP?
- What can I do at home to support Numeracy and Literacy at home?
General Questions to ask Your Child's Teacher:
- Is My Child Being Challenged?
- Is My Child Gifted? ALL CHILDREN ARE GIFTED, whats theirs?!
- First Things First, What Do We Need to Do Right Now to Help My Child Thrive?
- What Techniques Are Best for Helping My Child Actively Listen?
- What Techniques Are Best for Helping My Child Actively Ask Questions?
- What Can We Do to Help My Child Get Organized?
- What Can We Do to Help My Child With Stress?
- Do You Have the Highest Expectations for My Child?
- Please Tell Me About Your Favorite Teaching Methods?
- Is My Child Demonstrating a Strong Work Ethic?
- What Can We Do to Help My Child with Areas of Need?
- What Advice Do You Have To Help Enrich My Child's Education?
- What Academic Goals Should We Set For My Child?
- What Can I Do to Help You?
Questions to Ask your Child's Teacher When Problems Arise!
PLEASE NEVER AMBUSH THE TEACHER UNANNOUNCED! Share your concerns frankly and ask when the teacher has time to talk! Get to the heart of the matter with deep questions about your child's needs and any concerns you have.
- May I Share What's Going on at Home?
- How Can We Make School Fun and Real?
- How Can We Light a Fire and Motivate My Child?
- How Can I Help My Child When They Get Frustrated with Homework?
- Is My Child Happy?
- Is My Child Making Friends?
- How Is My Child Doing Socially and Emotionally?
- How Is My Child's Focus and Concentration?
- What Academic or Social Emotional Areas Does My Child Need to Make Improvements?
- What Can We Do to Help My Child Get Organized?
- What Can We Do to Help My Child Deal With Stress?
Parents that ask how they can help the school build a caring community and a culture of high expectations will find success.
Academic Questions For Parents! BE SPECIFIC!
- How is My Child Progressing in Math, Reading, Writing and Science?
- What Is the Best Way to Help My Child Master Their Math Facts?
- What Is the Best Way to Study For Spelling Test?
- What Is My Child's Grade Level Reading Comprehension Percentile Score?
- What Is My Child's Grade Level Reading Fluency Percentile Score?
- What Are the Math Skills My Child Needs to Master?
Students must Actively Listen to teachers and fellow students. Active listening is a communication technique used in classrooms which requires the listener to repeat what they hear to the speaker, by way of re-stating or paraphrasing what they have heard in their own words, to confirm what they have learned and to confirm the understanding of ideas.
Students Must Ask Their Teachers Erudite Questions!
Questions to Ask Your Teachers!
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Repeat The Directions Again?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Give Me A Fun or Humorous Way To Remember This?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Write The Directions on My Paper?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Explain The Vocabulary In A Different Way?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Me More Time To Think?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Give Me An Advanced Example?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Help Me Make A Plan For Success?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Help Me Set Goals?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Reteach the Lesson?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Help Me Get Organized?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Help Me Make a Checklist To Help Me Be More Responsible?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Break Down Your Lesson Into Bite-Size Ideas?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Write an Example on My Paper?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Tell Me More About...?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Show Me Another Way?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Give Me More Examples?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Make or Model a Real World Example?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Give Me a Simplified Explanation?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, How Do I Connect This Idea To ....?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, How Do I Learn This Process Faster?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, What questions Should I Be Asking You?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Is Their a Hands on Way to Learn This?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Why Is This Important For Me To Learn?
- Please Mr./Mrs./Ms, Will You Show Me A Less Confusing Example?