This past week, Kayla started grade two at St. Paul Elementary School with Gail as her teacher. As St. Paul is a single-streamed school (ie. one class per grade), Gail – with her principal’s blessing – taught Sean 6 years ago, Jake 4 years ago, and now Kayla.
I’ve always contended that having your parent as your teacher can be a lot tougher than one might think. I can’t speak for Gail, but I know that if I taught one of my own kids, I would almost “over compensate” and be tougher on him/her than on other kids for fear of anyone claiming I was biased or favouring my own child.
I saw it in small ways when I helped to coach the boys’ volleyball teams last year. I was extremely careful about not giving Sean or Jake too much playing time, and I may have actually short-changed them on equal playing time on a couple of occasions.