A Promise to My Daughter

So I thought I would take a break from all the posts about social media and technology and share something education-related from my personal life.

This fall my 4 year old daughter started going to preschool and today I attended her very first parent-teacher conference. Her teacher said that she was doing very well and told her mother and I all the things that a parent wants to hear; she is polite, she listens well, she gets along with others, she works hard, and she is progressing nicely. I know that my daughter still has a long way to go in her education career but I couldn’t help feeling very proud of my little girl.

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What I realized today was that this was going to be the first of many parent-teacher conferences that I would be having over the next 13 years. So after I told my daughter how proud of her I was, I asked her if she liked school. She said, yeah. Then I told her how much I liked school and how much her mother liked school and that she was going to be in school for a long time. I told her she was going to graduate high school, and then go to university, and then take her masters, and a PhD. I don’t think she really knew what I was talking about, but she was smiling and giggling the whole time and that made me smile.

I don’t know what path my daughter will eventually take, but I am going to make sure that she knows that education is important and I will always encourage her to be a life long learner. I don’t proclaim to know everything about parenting, or anything about parenting for that matter, but I do know as an educator, that taking an active role in your child’s education and making it a priority is absolutely essential.

Right after the parent-teacher conference today I realized that this was the beginning of a long journey of my daughters education and that I would be involved every step of the way. I don’t consider this a burden, I consider it a privilege. I know that there will be many bumps along the way but I can’t wait to take this journey with her. So that is my promise to my daughter, that I will be with her every step of the way through her education career and always encourage her. I promise to make education a priority and I will always be proud of her accomplishments. That’s my promise.

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9 thoughts on “A Promise to My Daughter

  1. Pingback: Life Roles « Education Build

  2. Hi Ryan
    One thing that edtech has reminded me is of how different my daughter’s education will be from mine. Hers will be a world of knowledge construction instead of known facts, of any time any place any pace learning and of learning more outside the classroom than in sometimes.
    Exciting and scary at the same time.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Thanks for your comment Tracy! I too wonder what my daughters education will look like over the next 10 years. The education business is evolving so rapidly and I think that we are really on the precipice of big changes. And you are right, it is both scary and exciting. But it will be a fun journey.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Hi Ryan and Tracy,

      Firstly, Ryan your daughter is such a little beauty!!! And I loved this heart felt post.

      Secondly, I agree with you Tracy, education hopefully will look very different. I just fear that it also may not. For the most part the way we do school has not changed. We have replaced technology for other technologies but the core of how school is done and its structures has remained fairly stagnant. I wonder when we will get to a place where school fosters and develops critical creative thinkers. When school structures won’t hold back student learning (grades based on age, time tables etc). Some of this is happening but in far too few spaces.

      • Thank you so much Shauna! And thank you for your comments as well. I agree that the structure and basic functioning of schools has not really changed in years. Small changes are happening and I think some really good things are occurring in classrooms but not sure when the ‘revolution’ is going to happen.

  3. Good on you Ryan for taking an active role in your child’s education. Encouragement really helps. My dad always encouraged me to do good in school and get more education after high school so I didn’t have to work crazy hours or do manual labour like he did. He suggested an accountant so I would only have to work part of the year (during tax time) and get the summers off. My wife is an accountant and she is busy all the time. Well I did get a business diploma but now I am in education of able to have a much better work personal life balance. You sound like a great father and teacher.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Greg. I really appreciate it. Encouraging your children and making higher education a priority seems like a simple thing for parents to do, but it can mean so much for your child’s future.

  4. What a beautiful post Ryan! I enjoy writing about social media and open education on my blog, but I am also seeing the potential to have a blog to write about other parts of life as well. Parents play such a huge role in education and it is so nice to see your excitement for your daughter’s education.

    • Thank you very much Jessica. I know that some people are hesitant to write about their personal lives or post personal things to social media but I always find it easier to write when I have a personal connection, whether it is about social media and technology, or about education in general. It is more interesting to me, (and I think the reader), when you can add personal experiences and insights to the topic you are writing about.

      Thanks again for the comment!

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