This was part of the conversation I had with one of the participants in a training I was teaching down in North Carolina about 8 years ago. It was not even on my radar at the time, and he could tell. We talked at the break for about 15 minutes, and I was then convinced to look into it.
My wife Melissa and I contemplated it for about 3 years before our oldest (Tyler) was eligible to be in my class. We even had a meeting with my principal about it as well.
It was a hard decision, but we ultimately felt like it was the best possible situation for all involved (for us, the student, and the school).
Being a basketball referee, I have an advantage to be impartial on a nightly basis under some very stressful situations, and it definitely helped me in this situation!
In the classroom, I just viewed it the same, and it worked out wonderfully.
Since having Tyler in our 2nd grade class about 4 years ago, we've had Emma, and now Ashton go through the classroom (and the P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. Program)... and I wouldn't trade it for the world. That man in North Carolina was right... you see them on a different level.
I had a student teacher this year, and she didn't even realize Ashton was my son until towards the end of the first day she was there. That's a pretty cool feeling to know that I can separate school from home, but still make it a "home" atmosphere.
Thank you, whoever you are from North Carolina, for suggesting it to me!!! I am forever indebted to your wisdom.
Would you ever have your child in your classroom? Really think about it before you leave a comment. (There is no right or wrong answer by the way...)
P.S. Our youngest (Graham) is in Pre-School right now... any guesses as to whether he'll be in our classroom when he gets there? We'll see... :)