13 Ways to Ask About School...

So, in addition to being a middle school teacher, I am a parent. (Step-mom to three who have graduated and a 5th grader.) I have spent a lot of years asking how school was today, and I wish I had seen this list then! 

One thing I have resolved as a parent is NEVER to have the first thing I say to my daughter be, "Do you have any homework?" Last year was the first year that homework had increased to the point where it was a stress factor for her, and I caught myself saying that when I would get home. I also had a lot of conversations that went, "How was your day?" "Fine." End of discussion.

In addition to my ongoing reflections on being a better teacher, I am reflecting on how to be a better mom, and these tips are part of that process for me...