Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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christinegreen's picture christinegreen

i'm not surprised you were so understanding of your student, you're amazing like that.

i should ask my husband if parenting has changed his teaching for the better. i know for sure that parents are the only students in his class that he allows to have a cell phone turned on during class. he knows that if your child needs you, you GO.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I tried to imagine recently what kind of a teacher I would be if I didn't have kids and it was hard to imagine. Like I said, I don't think you HAVE to be a parent to be a good teacher, but I know it has affected my own teaching. It would be interesting to conduct an informal poll of sorts, wouldn't it?


SingMyself's picture SingMyself

I feel the same way about my teaching, and when I was teaching at a community college, I often got parents and definitely felt that solidarity with them. I need to think more about it though-- like you, my first answer was immediate and instinctive!


mouse's picture mouse

I taught middle school for a few years before having Scooter, and I felt that the experience made me a better parent. And since becoming a parent, I've been much more understanding about how life affects school.

When I entered my graduate program, I was the only student with a kid. Since then a couple women have had kids and another student with kids has entered, but the department as a whole is not particularly tuned in to that. My supervisor was great, however, and has told me several times that he considers my extra outside responsibilities as valid reasons to ask for a little help or forgiveness on occasion.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It seems like we have a nice, informal poll going already! I think being a parent AND a teacher can make one more patient and flexible in both situations, actually.


gee's picture gee

In the best of all worlds, the experience of nurturing a child, and nurturing a marriage, makes for good nuturing in any and all professions. A little caring can go a long way.