As a teacher, I thought that I was sensitive to a parent’s perspective.
As teacher-trainer I thought I tried to remind teachers to think of parent’s.
In hindsight, I now think I ‘could of’ ‘should of’ done more on both accounts.
Why the change of mind? I just took my daughter to her first day of kindergarten this morning. Now I’m the parent – not the teacher or teacher-trainer. I’m no longer the one in charge of the room, the curriculum, or the information going home in the backpack. I’m at the mercy of the teacher. It feels strange giving this control to another person. Another teacher.
It’s now tough to imagine how a parent of a student with behavior problems might feel at the start of a school year:
Is this teacher good enough, smart enough, fair enough?
-Does this teacher have the knowledge and experience to teach my child?
-How will the teacher run the class?
-Is this the best teacher or is the one next door better?
These are important questions for all parents (they are my question too!). But what if you’ve had a bunch a first days of school and as each year progressed you find that the answers are not what you hoped? Yet again.
As you start the school year, keep this in mind so you can treat parents the way you would want to be treated. Hopefully with more sensitivity then I thought I was giving my parents when I taught.
Let me know how it works out for you, your students, and of course your parents.