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Secret Teacher: becoming a parent has changed me as an educator

Sep 9, 2017 by

Being a parent and a teacher can feel like you’re on a conveyor belt of incessant chatter and snotty noses. But it’s transformed how I work

I recently returned to work part-time as a primary school teacher, having spent several years at home with two small children. I felt like I needed a change and many of my friends had extolled the joys of returning to work: “You get a bit of time to yourself!” they cried. “You can go to the toilet whenever you want without small children calling you!” Except, as a teacher you can’t, can you?

From the moment I wake up to the moment I plant my face in my dinner, I’m encouraging small humans to do something, often against their will – get dressed, get in the car, write a “super” sentence, be a “mathemagician”, be kind, share, say thank you, stop pestering me for snacks, have a bath, go to bed. It’s exhausting.

I’m not trying to play Top Trumps here – pretty much every parent I know is knackered beyond belief. But I think I underestimated the emotional and mental magnitude of dealing with a class of 30 children alongside my own. Being a parent and a teacher can feel like you’re on a conveyor belt of incessant chatter, snotty noses, insignificant injuries and toileting accidents – both at work and at home. Very few days pass when I feel like I’ve completely succeeded, be it with the children at school or my own.

For some parent-teachers, the combination of the two roles has led to them leaving the profession, and understandably so. Sometimes the balancing act can push me to the edge. But it’s not all bad – I’m learning lots too, and I have a new perspective.

Source: Secret Teacher: becoming a parent has changed me as an educator | Teacher Network | The Guardian

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