Have any of you had your own children in your class?

Rachael - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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How was it? Did it rate as a complete disaster? I may be teaching L/A to my to my gifted kindergartner (in a 1-2 L/A split) next year. Should I veto? Should I do it?

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Rachael - posted on 05/06/2010

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As a piece of added information, my daughter will be only 5 and generally in kindergarten. She is taking math with the first and second graders already, but I do not teach that group. The issue is teaching my own child AND advancing her a year in the subject to do it. She ready academically, but in addition to being the teacher's kid, she will also be one or two years younger than the other kids.

Meredith - posted on 05/04/2010

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I think it depends on your child's personality. I teach AIG (gifted ed) and teach my second grade daughter's class twice a month. It is the hardest part of my job and I actually dread it!! She behaves so much better for her regular teacher than she does for me, possibly because I'm not a "real" teacher. She and I butt heads in the classroom just like we do at home, but she never acts that way for her teacher. Hope you have a better experience!

Lisa - posted on 05/02/2010

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I have my daughter in my kindergarten class this year. It has been a challenge at times. She can be bossy and try to take control at times, but discussing these issues with our school counselor, she says it is probably because she is just trying to help her mom out to make sure that the others are doing what they are supposed to be doing. Other times, she may act out -- we have the discussion about me being able to work with all of the children when we are at school, not just her. It is challenging, but I would not have it any other way. Neither would she. We have really learned a lot about each other this year and LOVE to hang out both at school and at home. It has not been the easiest year, but it has been the BEST!

Ann - posted on 05/02/2010

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I never had my children in class when I was teaching teenagers, although I did have my nephew. Initially I thought it would be a problem, but I was careful to treat him as all the other children and it worked very well. I did have my son in a class of adults, however when I was teaching adults at the Alliance Francaise. I only turned out to be a problem when I was asked to pick out one of the students for a week's study course in Paris paid for by the Alliance. My problem was this; I could not choose my son, however I felt that he deserved it. I solved the matter by asking the director of the centre to make the choice and to base it on whatever criteria he thought fit. He eventually chose my son.

Sharmin - posted on 05/02/2010

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Yes. I've had 2 of my 3 in class, but I teach high school Art and Speech, so it was just 1 class period a day. I was probably tougher on my kids because I know they know how to act, and I know they were very capable of doing the work. I guess I just had higher expectations for them than I did for some, and I didn't want anyone to think I was favoring them. It's tough sometimes, but I really did enjoy having them in class.

Rhonda - posted on 05/01/2010

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Yes! Six of them and the 7th one next year. What an experience. They can drive you crazy! I think I at times was tougher on my own children because I wanted to let the other kids know I was not playing favorites. At times discipline was tough. It would carry over to the home. I had a supportive husband who had my back. It worked out well. I teach 8th grade. Overall I don't think I would change a thing. Once the kids see that you are fair it goes pretty smooth.Good Luck.

Elly - posted on 05/01/2010

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I never wanted either of my kids in my class, it wasn't because of the other kids it was because of their parents. Here the parents are big into finding what is not there and making an issue of it.

I also supplement my kids education at home so I'm a little harder on my kids than other students.

In our school we have two days a week where we switch classes (every grade) and the other teacher in that grade teaches one or two subjects to the other class. When I got my kids at that time I found that I am harder on them like at home. I've had one or two parents each of the years my kids were in my grade make an issue of my teaching my kid at the time and I've had to have the principal deal with it since my children shouldn't have to miss out on their school education because of their friends parents!

My biggest problem really was friends wanting me to treat their kids different. Let them slid on an assignment, not have to turn in a project, allow them to wear something not allowed or even to take siblings on a field trip.



I think if you feel you can handle working with your kid then go for it and don't worry about it since we tend to over worry about it and it turns out fine.

Joyce - posted on 04/25/2010

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I taught 18 students at a Private Christian School in 1999-2000. 10 of them were first graders with my son Jonathan included and 8 of them were second graders with my daughter Rebekah included. I LOVED IT and so did they. I had homeschooled many years before that so this was a new experience for all of us. After the first week of school, driving home that Friday I said "So Jonathan, how do you like me being your REAL teacher? and he said "Gosh mom! I didn't know you could be so nice!" "Neither did I Jon!, Neither did I!" I would still be teaching there to this day...except that on first day of school that year I found out I was pregnant with #7 and she was born April 22, 2000. As far as teaching goes...being in a classroom was an ego trip for me because I loved it so much! I had to commune with God constantly because those kids and their parents were holding me accountable at all times. When we did our lessons I erased all the wrong answers and made them figure out what was wrong and fix them - easier for primary grades than others and I did 18 learning centers so that when the children were finished with their subject assignments they got to go to the assigned learning center on an 18 day rotation - that way they never got bored. Some learning centers they liked better than others but it was only for a day. The only reason I felt like my year was successful was because of the seasoned teacher who mentored me that year. Her name is Mrs. Wonders and she TRULY lives up to her name!!! I believe if you have a good mentor there isn't anything you can't do!!

Marilyn - posted on 04/23/2010

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hello, l have a montessori preschool and my daughter has attended with me since she was almost 2 yrs, when she called me mom the kids didnt notice much cos they also called me mom by mistake at times, then my daughter would refer to me as teacher or marilyn, she is treated and corrected if need be and the other kids dont realise that i am her mother, i love having my own daughter at school i want to be the one to teach her, i am very proud of her she is 3 years old now, being a mom and a teacher l can tell the kids whose parents take time to teach their kids in a general everyday sence and i see the kids who are watching tv and waiting for the weekend to get new games for their computer, children from when they are born are absorbing their surroundings and what they are exposed to, they have so much potential and need a solid foundation for learning as adults , its a parents responsibility to want the best for their child and to teach and guide them, it should start at home not at school.

Leslie - posted on 04/23/2010

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I taught my son 7th grade science. I only had him for 45 minutes a day, though. He told me that the other kids, when they accused him of getting really good grades in my class or when they said I gave him the answers, etc., that I refused to help him at all at home (which is true unless he initiated it). They realized that it wouldn't have been fair. He was smart anyways, so he never asked me for help at home. We are at a small school, so the kids understood that I had to teach him. They didn't give him a hard time, too much. I found that it was hard not to have higher expectations for him.

Haley - posted on 04/22/2010

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I was in my mothers class. She was VERY neutral at times overly harsh with me. If i understand what your post says, these will be rather young children. At this age the children being worried about favoritism is not all too common. I was constantly told how i got good grades in science because my mom was the teacher and she gave me the grade (i didn't earn it). However we were much older. I think that this is a great opportunity for you to observe perhaps what the other teachers get to experience with your child. I would go for it unless you feel that you may be overly "babbying" or perhaps enabling him in some way. :) Good luck. Hope this helps.

Lindsay - posted on 04/22/2010

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Oooh, I'm interested in this also...I will have my little guy in preschool...not for 3 years, though :)

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