Working with your child’s teacher

5 Conversation Starters for Discussing Teaching Approaches With Teachers

By Bob Cunningham

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If your child with learning and attention issues is struggling in school, you may need to help him more with homework. To be effective, you’ll need to understand how he’s being taught. This way you can help your child within the context of the class and avoid confusing him.

Here are some respectful conversation starters to use with teachers that ask about teaching approaches. You may also be interested in conversation starters for discussing services and supports.

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Could you show me how you work on this in class?

“My child seems to be confused in math. I’d like to help him at home, but I want to be sure I don’t confuse him. Could you show me how he should be doing the math you’re working on right now in class?”

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Can you suggest ways for me to help?

“My child has had trouble with the last few writing assignments. Can you show me how he should be approaching the writing? Can you suggest a few ways I might be able to help him with the next assignment? Would graphic organizers help?”

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How do you usually try to help students understand better?

“My child really doesn’t seem to understand what’s going on in English language arts. When a child is struggling, what types of things do you usually try to help him understand better?”

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Is there any way to break the assignment down more?

“That long assignment was really confusing for my child. I know you explained it well, but he struggled with some of the steps. Is there any way you could break things down a little bit more for him without having to change the way you’re teaching the class?”

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How can we work collaboratively?

“I’d like to be able to help him at home, but I want to make sure I’m doing it in a way that complements what you do. How can we work together to help my child on specific assignments and make his classroom experience a positive one?”

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About the Author

Portrait of Bob Cunningham

Bob Cunningham serves as advisor-in-residence on learning and attention issues for Understood.

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