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Walking the Line Between Home and School

As teachers we hear about home and no doubt home hears about teachers. As a parent and a teacher I can chuckle at many of the anecdotes my children tell me, usually seeing the bigger picture of where and how incidents are happening.

As a teacher, the line between home and school can sometimes get blurry. For example, when a young student can’t stop talking about playing a rated “M” video game that I do not agree with and would not allow in my home. Or the student that brags about how late he goes to bed or how little sleep he gets. I want to respect and honour parents but I want to offer an opinion and observations as well. If I am to be influential in a child’s life, how do I walk this line?

My prayer is the serenity prayer:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
wisdom to know the difference.”

(The original serenity prayer was written in the early 1930s or 40s by Reinhold Niebuhr for one of his sermons.)

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