Why becoming a dad has made me a better teacher

Teacher Adam Black explains how becoming a parent has given him a different perspective on his job

I’d always considered myself to be a caring teacher. But when I became a parent myself, I gained a whole new level of understanding.

There’s a look in a parent’s eye when they sit across from you at parents’ evening. It says: “This child is my everything and I’m trusting you with them.” I’d always taken for granted the trust that parents put in me, but now I really get it. I go over and above to assure them that I’m doing everything I can to keep their child happy and safe.

Parents used to ask me if their child had friends. In the past, I fobbed them off and instead tried to focus on talking ...

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