This is perhaps a very common situation that most teachers have to go through—having a fellow teacher’s child in your classroom. A situation like this can sometimes upset the dynamics of a class. How should you as a teacher treat your colleague’s child so as not to seem biased in anyway? What should you do to allow the child to handle the situation rationally?

A mother, sensitive to and aware of the happenings in the society today, writes this letter on facebook addressing her children. Important and relevant to all children, especially teenagers, this letter can also be used by teachers to discuss the various points raised, in the classroom. Please note that while dealing with the issues the letter raises and the questions the children may have, a great deal of honesty and sensitivity is needed. 

We are grateful to writer Beji Jaison for giving us the permission to publish her letter on Teachers of India. 

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