Liz Evans, from her blog Simple Simon and Company, I wanted to share because I knew her questions were right on target. Now, she has a second list of 28 ways to ask your teenagers about their school day. Here are the beginnings of both:This post about asking how the school day was... and getting answers has been spread all over and for good reason. Parents, so often, do not know how to interact with their own children - on many levels, not just schooling. I learned this same lesson early on as a young mother when my oldest entered preschool. Ask a question that a kid can answer with one word, yes or no? That’s what you'll get - "yes" or "no". Ask a question as mundane as "How was your day at school?" and you will get just that, a mundane answer. It is equivalent to asking someone in passing, "How are you today? Of course, you never expect anything more than, "Fine thanks." So I started asking my children questions that at least needed a specific answer. What was for a snack? What did you do on the playground? What book was read to you today? What did you paint? And I would get my foot in the door to some kind of authentic conversation. When I saw this post by
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Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.
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