Suggested Teacher Meeting Checklist
Source: Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
- Make a written list of your concerns.
- Set up a specific time to speak to your child's teacher; don't catch her on the run.
- Find out how your child is progressing in reading; you want specifics, not generalities or euphemisms.
- Pin down exactly how her reading progress is being measured.
- Ask what reading group he is in and what level reader that group represents.
- Ask how she compares to others in her class and grade.
- Ask what the expectations are for him by year's end.
- In very specific terms, ask what help she is receiving: a) the type of program b) size of group c) minutes per day.
- If you can, visit the class and observe your child along with his classmates during a reading lesson.
Using a checklist such as this one will make your meeting much more productive and informative. Teachers are invaluable in terms of being able to give you specific information of where your child is at, in relation to her grade-level peers, This will allow you to further decide whether or not you should pursue a formal evaluation.
Next: I think my child needs to be evaluated. Now what?