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.
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.