The end of Spring Term is approaching and it’s that time of year when the letter comes home about parent’s evening – for some it can be a nerve racking situation!
We asked Phoebe Doyle our Guest Blogger to tell us about her experience of parent’s evening, having been a teacher herself, we wanted to know - what is it like as a teacher-parent?
When I was a teacher, back in BK (Before Kids) I knew what kind of a parent I’d be. I’d be rational, fair, balanced and wise. ‘ Course I would.
Then out popped my offspring, and needless to say, it was all change. Along with gaining a small infant following labour, I also seemed to lose a great deal of sense; where once I was calm and had the ability to assess situations, I now was suddenly overwhelmingly emotional, protective and fierce.
Now as a parent of a school-aged child (Rosie is Year 2 and Charles will start Reception come September) I take all of this emotion with me on such occasion’s as parents’ evenings, like the one I went to last night. The ‘Teacher-Me’ doesn’t care about ‘Practise-Me’ as ‘Teacher-Me’ knows it’s all about data, stuff the school should care about but not really me. Kids develop differently, at different paces…. It’s all good. The ‘Parent-Me’ knows no such thing, “how’s she doing compared to others?” I ask anxiously, “is she keeping up, I know she sometimes struggles” says I nervously (non-sensically!)
‘Course as she’s at such a lovely school, with fantastic teachers and basically skips to school each day nothing else really matters. She’s learning ‘cos she’s happy. She’s flourishing because she’s safe; safe from harm of course but safe to ‘have a go’ too. So when Charles starts school will I be able to keep my head on Sensible Teacher Mode? Will I be rational? Calm? Collected?
…….I doubt it!
Phoebe Doyle x
So, what was your latest parent’s evening experience like? Were you pleasantly surprised or will next term require some fair and balanced parent teaching?
Read more of Phoebe’s blogs here at Tremendously Two in particular we love her Ramblings and Reviews!