Thursday, September 11, 2008

Chew 'em Up and Spit 'em Out

We had Back to School Night tonight. By we I mean that I as the teacher had to get up in front of a bunch of parents and give a little power point presentation. I talk all the live long day in front of little kiddos with no problem, but stick me in front of a bunch of adults for 30 minutes and the pressure is on.

This is my 5th Back to School Event flying solo. I went in all cool and collected expecting the normal questions and a few concerns about me leaving their poor babies with a substitute while I'm on maternity leave. I've been teaching long enough (and enough grades) to feel confident and knowledgeable about my subject matter. I knew what to expect...or so I thought.

I have never been grilled quite the way I was tonight. The parents came at me hard with questions ranging from our state budget and student standards to questions about the lunches and recesses. I came out of it a little burnt around the edges, but thankful that I at least knew what I was talking about. When a parent came to me at the end and apologized for putting me on the spot, I thanked her for being so interested in her child's education. And I meant it!


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your back to school night. It's fine for them to apologize, but for goodness sake, don't they have a clue about what the overall problems are? They are just lucky that they have a teacher AND a wonderful caring one like you. I hope they express their concerns at the ballot box this November.


Julie said...

Oh I'd love to hear the questions. That's crazy!!