Imagine having a conference with your child’s 2nd grade teacher and the teacher says… “your child is doing really well in reading and a lot of her questions stretch my thinking”. As a parent you’d become super stoked, proud of your child, and your chest begins to swell!
The conversation with the teacher continues and they say that they love teaching reading but they’re only comfortable teaching literacy “up to” 3rd grade because 4th and 5th grade reading gets a little scary! You’re thinking that a teacher would never admit this to a parent or a colleague for that matter.
Now read this again… “your child is doing really well in math and a lot of her questions stretch my thinking.” The conversation continues and they say they love teaching math but they’re only comfortable teaching “up to” 3rd grade because 4th and 5th grade math gets a little scary! Sadly this does happen within our schools and it is an issue.
Not knowing or understanding content beyond your grade is ok (at this very moment), but not doing something about it from this point on isn’t.
As educators we must always be willing to listen, grow, and learn.