Listen and Look at Back-to-School Night

Back-to-School Night is a great opportunity for families to learn more about their child’s school and teacher. Here are some signs to look for that indicate your child is in a place where good reading instruction can take place.

Most schools offer a Back-to-School Night for families a few weeks after school begins. The evening provides a chance for families to learn more about their child’s school and classroom. Take this opportunity to listen and look for signs that your child is in a place where good reading instruction can take place.

As your child’s teacher and principal are talking, listen for information about:

  • The classroom scheduleEffective classrooms offer a 90-120 minute uninterrupted block of time for language arts instruction.
  • AssessmentsGood teachers use the information they gather from assessments to plan instruction. As the teacher describes the assessments, it should be clear how that information is used to plan lessons just right for your child.
  • Home-school communicationTeachers and families need to be in touch throughout the year. Whether it’s through a folder, notebook or daily learning log, you should hear something about the system the teacher uses to keep in touch.

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