Every child has their own learning styles and possesses different skills, talents, and needs that makes them unique.
We should celebrate these differences and encourage learning styles that best fit each child’s needs. Not everyone learns the same way and diversity in the classroom leads to new ways of thinking and allows us to innovate the status quo. Schools should foster an environment of creativity and freedom, where each child is free to pursue his or her strengths.
Overwhelming evidence shows that increased control for parents improves the quality of education. After all, parents are the best equipped to decide what methods are best for their child. If you’re unhappy with your child’s school, or unsure of the choices you have for their education, you’re not alone! Here are a few questions you can ask that will help you understand what’s happening in your child’s school:
- How are teachers assessed and are weaker teachers held accountable? Are good teachers rewarded? Every district has its own process for assessing teacher performance, but it’s important to know if your school penalizes poor teachers and rewards good teachers.
- How big is the average class? It can be difficult for your child to get the attention they need in a big class where the teacher may be overwhelmed by a high student-to-teacher ratio. Smaller classes mean the teacher can spend more time one-on-one with students, which will lead to a more focused and educational environment.
- Are you up to date on your child’s progress? It’s important that teachers update parents to give them a sense of where their child is academically. Maybe they are struggling with math or science, or perhaps they have a knack for history. It’s crucial to know where your child excels and what subjects need more work, as well as what learning style works best for them.
While there are dozens more questions you could ask, these are just a few that can help you figure out their needs and decide what education style works best for them. It might even be helpful to start these discussions with their learning style in mind!