Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Dear Parent...

Dear Parent,

Congratulations! Your child is going to school. They are about to be flung into the big bad world and learn all sorts of things that will help them to grow up to be fine, young adults. Stop sobbing! It's OK! I promise you, it's going to be OK. Look, let me set your mind at ease. I'm a teacher. And no, not all teachers are like Mr Bronson from Grange Hill or that odd PE teacher that dished out too small towels in the shower rooms when you were in fifth form. Nope, controversially? Some people enjoy being teachers! I know? Mad isn't it.

There's lots of writing around to help you to ease your child into attending pre-school, or infants or even gulp 'big' school. But what about you? Your worries and concerns? I promise you this, when your child is in my care or any of my other hard working colleagues? We look after them like they are our very own - OK so no I don't let them watch Peppa and have the odd sneaky hob nob. Let me rephrase it. In that one day, or one hour your child is in front of us. We treat them with the love and respect that your child deserves.


Now, I'm not saying there aren't times when your child can be, how can I put it politely? a bit annoying, but the other 99% of the time we like being around them and we love to watch them learn, grow, laugh and have fun just as much as you do. I've seen teachers cry at proms (that may have been me), or spend their spare time cheering on the sidelines at after school football matches, or scream and fist punch the air behind closed doors when a child passes an exam the government predicted they couldn't (silly, silly government).

Do not worry, when you leave your child at that school gate, or pop them on the bus with their lunch money, your precious, tiny 4 year old or great sulking 16 year old is being looked after by a group of people who have decided above all careers in the whole wide world that they want to hang around with your kid and teach them sh*t.

Now, stop sobbing and do me a favour. It is easier to teach your child when trip letters are handed in on time, or when your 14 year old owns an actual pen. So ever so often trawl through their pockets for screwed up bits of important paper and pop a pencil case in their bag. We will be forever grateful.

Yours fondly,

Miss

20 comments:

  1. Haha, oh I know, it isn't that bloomin' hard is it? . I'm not worried at all and neither are my lot (they even have pens!) The only thing I would add here in response is Dear Teacher, please remember that I have five of the little blighters. It is not the same as having one or two. Yours, a mum. Fab post x

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    1. I saw you piccy and am glad you have got the pen situation sorted hun! xxx

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  2. Fab as usual!
    Looking forward to the first week back - the only time all my pupils will have a pen and a pencil!

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    1. I have gone out and brought a stack and rubbers and rulers and so on and so on... xxx

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  3. Great post! I don't envy your job one bit but I promise that when LP and Little Man grow up a little bit I'll look for those scraps of paper and supply pens! x

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    1. Thank you! It's all we really desire! xxx

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  4. Ahhh this will be me next year. Lovely post :)

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  5. This made me well up. I know it's a couple of years off, but I am so worried already! Hopefully all teachers are as lovely as you! Xx

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    1. Most of us are hun. Never fear! xxx

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  6. Can I please add? Dear Parents, an iPhone does not count as a calculator. Please try to make sure your kid has one, it would make my life so much easier.

    Great post Emma xx

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    1. Oh god yes! It doesn't! I used to and still do really love buying stationary like a geek xxx

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  7. Great post - made me smile! I will try to remember this next September when my boy starts primary school. Gulp. x

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    1. Oh sob - my girl is starting too and I will still for sure weep and weep xxx

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  8. Ha ha love this - poignant and funny all at the same time :) Thank you for reminding me to search through my child's blazer pocket every now and again - it also avoids the whole leaking incident that has occurred numerous times here! Lovely post x

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    1. Ah thanks lovely! Yes as yours are big I can imagine the odd pen leak. I have all that joy to look forward to xxx

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  9. Oh i LOVE it!! It's easy to forget that teachers do care for my little 4 year old! I used to teach the 4 year olds and cried every June when they were leaving Year One!!!

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    1. I know I always get really sad when my big grumpy year 11s leave. Every year! xxx

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  10. This is so lovely! And has reminded me how often classes started with 'miiiii-iiiissss, I haven't got a pen'. I can imagine that might be a little annoying...

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