First, offer something to talk about

As an educator I was tempted to write this when I first was introduced to a blog: Alternatives to “How Was Your Day?” Again, with purpose and suggestions for encouraging communication among parents, teachers and students, I thought of the following:

Who gave you a compliment today and why?

What made you smile today?

What are you most proud of today?

What did you accomplish by yourself today?

With whom did you sit at lunch today and why?

What question did you ask the teacher that you could have answered yourself?

What three adjectives would you use to describe today?

What do you look forward to tomorrow? Next week?

What did you talk about on the bus, carpool, walk home, recess?

Who visited your class today? Why?

Give an example of teamwork this week.

What will you share at the dinner table this evening?

What concerns you about tomorrow? Next week?

Who was absent today?

What rule did you find hard to follow today? Why?

What adjective would you use to describe yourself today?

What suggestions do you have for your teacher? Classmates?

What did you learn today that you didn’t know yesterday?

What was a “wow” factor this week?

What made your teacher smile/frown today?

What did you read/write today that was creative?

What do you like best about your classroom?

Who deserves a thank-you note this week and why?

Select one or two questions to pose during dinner or at bedtime. These are meant to encourage positive, thoughtful communication. Again, careful listening and tone of voice allow the student to be in charge. Enjoy!

Knowles is a resident of James City County.

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