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Homeschool Teachers Who Know Too Much

 

I'm a nurse, and I know too much about the human body.  My husband teases me about it all the time.  When a family member is sick, and I get worried, my husband will laugh and say, "What is it this time?  Spinal menningitis?  Homonymous hemianopsia?"  There have been times when I've had my child in the hospital, and I knew WAY too much!  When Alex had his ER visit for peanut anaphylaxis, I knew just how quickly it could go bad, and exactly what it would look like.

When you are homeschooling, and you're also a certified teacher, you may also have the problem of "knowing too much."  

Teachers have spent years in school, learning how to teach.  They learn about philosophy, and about crowd control.  It's hard to let go of four years of education training.  It's hard to remember that the love of your child is the most important factor in teaching.  In high school, the problems of "knowing too much" becomes more acute, as you start to think about high school grades. 

I know that it's hard to separate homeschooling from being a teacher.  I have a lot of clients who are certified teacher, and they tell me it's one of their biggest areas of struggle!  They are often gifted, GIFTED teachers, but struggle to "let go" of the classroom strategies they were taught in college.  

One area where certified teachers often struggle is in testing their children.  Just try to remember that tests in school are given because you NEED tests to assess large groups of children.  When you are homeschooling, you can assess in other ways.  Just try to figure out how you ARE assessing them already. Perhaps that mindset will help a bit.

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