Back-to-School Update: Tell Teachers How Your Child Is DoingPDF
In a typical year, you probably spend the first weeks of school gathering information about your students. But last school year was far from typical. Some students may have spent the year doing distance or hybrid learning. The information you need might be harder to find.
Asking a few questions can help you build positive relationships with your new students and their families. What were the challenges? What were the successes? What changed in kids’ lives? And how are they feeling right now?
Share this one-page questionnaire with your students’ families. Families can download it on a computer or phone, and then type answers into the form. Or they can print it out and fill it in by hand. The form is also available in Spanish.
Responding to families’ concerns
Some families may mention new behaviors that concern them. You can direct them to Take N.O.T.E., a step-by-step tool Understood developed with the American Academy of Pediatrics to help families spot signs of learning and thinking differences. The tool includes resources on frustration, stress, and anxiety, and it empowers families to seek support.
Ready to dive deeper? Find out more about the benefits of strong family-teacher partnerships.
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About the author
Gretchen Vierstra, MA is the managing editor at Understood and co-host of the
Amanda Morin is the director of thought leadership at Understood and author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.” She worked as a classroom teacher and early intervention specialist for more than a decade.