I don’t even know this little girl, but I already feel protective of her. What will she say if a classmate asks where her father is? How will she act when she sees other daddies with their kids? Does she remember her dad? Does she talk about him? Should I avoid the topic of fathers altogether?
Sometimes I wonder if I should read my students’ files because I don’t want to form judgments about them (or their parents) before I even meet them. But I know I have to read them. I have to know about the peanut allergies and the hearing impairments and the recent divorces. All of these things affect how students learn and/or interact in the classroom, and therefore affect how I teach and interact with them.
So I’m glad that I know about this gold star family, but because I have no idea what to expect, I’m not going to make any expectations. For all I know, this little girl will teach me a thing or two about life. I can’t wait to meet her.