How to ask your teen about school

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High school 12-18 years

Ask your teen how school was today and you’re lucky to get a mumbled, ‘Ok’, in response.

That’s it. Topic closed, and you are none the wiser. The problem is, asking someone to sum up a whole day in one answer is pretty hard work.

You are more likely to get them to open up if you ask more open-ended questions. Here are a few to help get you started.

  • What did you enjoy most at school today?
  • What is your easiest class? What is your most challenging class?
  • Which class has your favourite group of students in it?
  • What do you think you should do more of at school? What do you think you should do less of?
  • What part of the day do you look forward to?
  • If you had to go to only one class every day, which class would it be?
  • If you were a teacher, which class would you like to teach? Which one would be the worst to teach? Why?
  • If your day at school were an emoticon, which one would it be?

Even if you have a good relationship with your teen, he or she might not always open up if they are upset or having a tough time. Always trust your intuition and if you are concerned, try talking to your teen’s year coordinator.

Last modified on Tuesday 19 December 2017 [3071|13011]

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