There are both advantages and disadvantages to having parents that are teachers. You cannot get away with much as the parents tend to know what is going on in all schools all of the time. My children love and loathe us being teachers in quite equal measures for these very reasons.
1. Homework can never be rushed or forgotten as parents will not believe the ‘I don’t have any’ line.
2. However parents are on hand to help with said homework and actually understand what they should be doing – who uses number lines rather than columns for addition and subtraction?
3. Parents are walking stationery cupboards, need A3 paper ask dad, need some poly pockets ask mum, there are always glue sticks in the drawer.
4. Parents evening are excruciating for the child whilst parents chat to the teachers about exam boards and current educational policy and curriculum changes. Why can’t they just sit smile and pretend they care?
5. Your parents call your teachers by their first name because they know them from a previous school position or training courses. Your friends think that’s quite funny and a little cool.
6. You also know the teachers first names because they have been to your house for drinks and you accidentally use their first name whilst talking to them at school. You friends laugh even harder now that you are mortified and glowing red.
7. Everyone assumes you will also be a teacher when you grow up!
8. They are always marking – always and often refuse to help you with your homework because they are marking someone else’s. What the actual?
9. When you go out into town other teenagers say hi to your mum and dad, which is weird. Especially when you are on holiday, on a beach and they appear in front of you.
10. Your parents offer to help out being a mentor for your year group or coming in on mock interview day. This is not a good thing when you are at secondary school. Helping with reading in KS1 is acceptable but not at secondary level.
11. When you were younger you spent some days in school, getting mums classroom ready for the new term! Boring
12. Having six weeks off with parents in the summer is good and saves you from being at the grandparents all the time.
However I think they should just be grateful that we don’t actually teach at the same school they are pupils of. Imagine that pain!
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