November 8th is National Parents as Teachers day in the United States, recognizing the parents who serve as homeschool teachers and classroom teachers for hundreds of thousands of students every year. Over 200,000 children are taught by homeschool teachers alone, and there are countless classroom teachers who have children at home.
We asked the Edmodo community about moments in their lives where being a parent or a teacher helped them understand the other role better. Here’s what they had to say:
“It is always about character. My wife and I both teach and see the great amount of disrespect among the student population. We have come home with daily stories since my daughter was old enough to listen. She has heard these things of NOT to do. She gets it. Just the other day as she is now in seventh grade, fellow classmates were talking negatively about teachers and what their lives should look like to them after school hours. My daughter quickly spoke up and told the students that teachers have lives outside of school. She gave them examples…I was one proud dad.”
-Wayne Graydon, History Teacher, Lee County School System
“Every day is a teaching/learning experience. My son is 3 years old. My best approach to him is to start teaching some in a easy way. Everything is as funny as a game.”
–Raina Luca, Insegnante, IC Toscanini
“One of my favorite things to do…is to talk about surprises. Both at the dinner table and at school I have a dedicated surprise time where I invite the kids to share with everyone something “surprising” that happened. This is followed up by some prompting to get at not only the surprise, but why it was surprising and what was learned from the surprise. This simple conversation encourages reflection and extends thinking.”
–Mariana Garcia-Serrato, STEM Teacher, Oak Grove School District
“My 7-year-old son is in the process of learning to read in Spanish and English. As a parent I help him guide him through this venture and as a teacher I set up like a mini classroom environment to create the settings for him to learn accordingly. Funny thing is that he mentions on occasions that he feels like he is in school, but with a cool teacher. My 3 year old daughter also sits in on the lessons and tries her best to pronounce the words that are being taught. What I am learning here is how to help different ages… The most gratifying part of it all is when he thanks me because he understands and when he practices outside of our lesson.”
–Diego Zarruck, Instructor, Keiser University
“When my son was around 8 years old, I signed up for a two hour evening class that would certify my to provide CPR. I was divorced, and couldn’t find anyone to watch my son for me so I brought him with me. I assumed he would read and draw pictures. As the class progressed, it was evident that he was extremely interested in what we were doing. I asked the instructor if my son could participate and I was willing to pay the fee for him. My son worked with the adults in the class for two hours and earned his CPR certificate. He was the youngest person ever certified in the county at the time. My son and I both learned that you should never be afraid to ask if you can do something. I could let him sit there and watch us, but and he never would have been CPR certified.”
–Brenda Osborne, Language Arts Teacher, MacArthur Middle School
Are you a homeschool teacher? Are you a classroom teacher who’s also a parent? Let us know what you’ve learned in the comments below!