Friday, November 5, 2010

Having Mom in the Classroom Next Door

This year, my daughter Gina is in fifth grade, and she's in the classroom right next to mine. Her teacher is the young man I mentored three years ago when he started teaching at my school.

It's been a fun and strange year so far. At least one third of my homeroom class has been to my house for a pool party or a slumber party -- and therefore, have seen me in my bathing suit and/or pajamas.

Today, I bring you Gina with a guest post on the situation from her point of view:

Having My Mom in the Classroom Next Door by Gina Salerni

Having my mom in the classroom next door is a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good because if I forget something like money for the book fair I can just go over and get some. It’s also a good thing because if I forget a note for something after school like science fair or Girl Scouts I can always go get one.

It’s a bad thing because if I miss one assignment she will find out very quickly! It’s also a bad thing because all my friends say every day “I saw your mom today.” And that can get very annoying!

It’s also kind of weird because if I am in the hallway I’m likely to run into her and be surprised. Also if the door is open, I can hear her teaching and that is weird. She comes into my classroom too if she needs to give my teacher something or get something from him. It’s also weird for my friends because some of them are in her class. So at school she’s their teacher, but after school she’s carpooling them to a birthday party.

Overall having my mom as a teacher next door is just weird! Just wait until we switch classes during science and she’s MY teacher for a few weeks!

Yup! Her homeroom comes to me in less than two weeks for my unit on Environmental Science. That should be interesting. We've discussed whether she or not she will address me as Mrs. Salerni -- but I'm not holding out much hope.


  1. Great points, Gina. I can definitely see merit to both. Nice post.

  2. hi gina! wow i could see how that could be weird for sure. mostly i dont think i could like it cause if i got in trouble she could know it soooo fast. yikes! thats scary for sure. ha ha. it would be pretty hard for me to call my brother or my sister mr lee or miss lee. ack! thats gonna be strange too when your mom is your teacher for a while. maybe you could just call her mrs mom! ha ha.
    ...smiles from lenny

  3. That is weird, Gina. And I so wouldn't be able to use a courtesy title when addressing my mom. I imagine it would be weird for the other kids, too. Anyway, good luck. I'm sure you'll figure it out.

  4. Yeah, I can see where it would be a little awkward to have your mom in the classroom next door. Probably best to stay focused on the positive aspects, and try not to think about the weirdness too much. ;)

    Great post! :)

  5. That would be weird having your mom teaching next door, especially if she's your friend's teacher.

    My oldest is in fifth grade, too.

  6. I spent a lot of time in my mom's classroom. She taught fifth grade when I was in sixth. I got used to seeing her in 'teacher mode' but yes, it woulda been weird to have my friends in her class. Great post Gina!:)

  7. great post Gina and Dianne - Gina, I think it's great you can be so ok with having your mom next door and Dianne, I would think that might might for a better behaved class since they know you as their friend's mom and as teacher. true or false?