We are both teachers.
Invariably one of us will have more experience. I promise not to lord that over you or be intimidated by yours.
In the rush of our lives, we will misspell, lose our temper, or just plain get something wrong.
One of us will forget something, okay many somethings.
But I promise to see the good you do for my child.
I promise to believe in you and him enough to let him be your student.
I promise to learn from you as my child does. I promise to identify your ways of teaching and admire them, not wish they were mine, not want to show you a better way.
That is hard for me as a teacher, but I value you and what you can give my child enough to do that.
He will fail at something, you will fail, I will fail. But I promise.
2017-09-01 at 8:45 pm
It is sometimes hard being both a teacher and a parent. I love this promise! I still get more nervous before parent-teacher conferences with parents who are also teachers, though.
2017-09-01 at 9:02 pm
Before I was a parent I was also apprehensive to meet with parents who were also teachers. I feel a little better knowing going in how I choose to interact with my child’s teacher. I have been very fortunate in my children’s academic careers, but I better keep up my end of the bargain-that’s why I published this, for my own healthy pressure.
I hope to live up to this promise!