Parts 1 & 2 were posted yesterday (SOL 22 of 31):
I remember a few years ago, my colleagues complained that the children of teachers were some of the hardest kids to have in class. Since I hadn't experienced a teacher's child in my class, I just listened. They felt that generally the children of teachers were not well-behaved and the teacher-parents believed their children were perfect. The teacher-parents also generally believed their child's abilities were much better than they actually were.
Now, sitting at the mall, considering Owen, I'm thinking, "That child needs his parents to be teachers!" Granted, not all teachers would know how to help this child. And, I understand that it can be much more difficult to handle tough situations when it is your own child.
But are the children of teachers generally more difficult to have in class? I ponder what it will be like in a year or two when my daughter is in school. She comes from an entire family of teachers: both parents, two grammies and an aunt. Of course we all think she is academically advanced. Are we somehow setting her up to be a challenge for her future teachers?
She definitely negotiates and questions. She is definitely independent and stubborn. But she is also eager to please and most certainly a rules-follower. I've observed her in the few classes she's had so far. At dance, she's always doing exactly what the teacher says to do and often insists that the other kids follow the directions also (we're working on how she can do this without being bossy!). She's patient. She's interested. She doesn't hesitate to ask her teacher, "What are we going to do next?" or "Can we use the pom-poms today?"
I hope that having dealt with a variety of parents throughout our teaching careers, we won't be intimidating or difficult for Clara's teachers. I hope that we can team with her teachers and community to make school a joy for everyone of us.