So, you can talk and direct 25 kids in a class, but talking to a handful of parents at open house makes you stutter, sweat and slightly die inside?



Dang, it is the worst! Those parents probably wonder how someone who stutters and says “um” every sentence can teach their children Language Arts.

I can hear it now, “Darling, your English teacher can’t seem to talk, is she like that in class?” (I doubt they are really saying that, but in my mind…it happens!)

This was my problem last week when having to do 7th and 8th grade open house!

Parents are intimidating and ask some strange questions that, sometimes when put on the spot, you answer incorrectly or can’t answer AT ALL! (embarrassing)

OR you have what I had the other night…awkward silence and my hesitation giggle came into play.

Making a fool out of myself…it really is a special skill I have.


I felt like a “Bad Luck Brian” meme : Made a nifty slide show with important information to use up time…7 minutes left, spoke too fast.

Is this just me…or are parents SCARY when you teach their kids!

I know this may sound ridiculous, but I hope I bring fear into the eyes of the teachers who teach my students one day.

Perhaps it is because I am a younger teacher is why this makes me cringe? Perhaps next year it will be less nerve racking…one can only hope.

What do I know for sure?

1. Longer slide show.

2. Talk slower.

3. Picture all the parents in their underwear to take away some of the anxiety 😉


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