I have received my crime check form back which allows me to help out at dds school in class and trips etc.
I approached dds teacher after school today to let him know that I am available to help and I felt like a nervous little kid.
Why do they make us feel like this?
Dunno but when I first started teaching at the grand old age of 21 parents used come up to me all respectfull and call me Miss xxxx and it used to totally freak me out and took me ages to get used to it esp as most of the parent were much older than me. If it helps I was dead scared of the parent too.
It depends on the parent, some at my school use it as a way of finding out gossip and stirring up trouble, others are absolutely fantastic(the vast majority) and certain things like reading just couldnt happen without them. I think sometimes we might look scarey but it's only to keep professional distance and make sure that parents dont think we are a push over and constantly hound us. I have a colleague who tried the lets be friends approach and when things werent going the way of a particular group of parents, she was heckled in the playground through the fence and ambushed in Macdonalds when she was out with her own children.
On a personal note, I find my own dds teacher very scarey.
I think it is a hang over from our own school days. WHen I did my prac placement I was sent back to the high school I had attended as a student. It was very hard to call the deputy head who had put the fear of god into me as a child by her first name!!!
I find those who are there to help etc brilliant - those who are there to keep an eye on their child and to have a social time a real pain in the butt. However generally the parent helpers I have worked with have been brilliant.