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Freaky Thursday: Parents and Students Swap Places

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A day at work can be exhausting. But Thursday some parents got to switch rolls with their kids to see how a day at school feels. And some say it's just as demanding as their job.

Thursday parents sat in their 6th graders desk to study a day in their shoes.

"Who doesn't want to skip a day at work?" Greg Donovan, "And I came here just to learn something new about what my child does everyday." Greg laughs.

"It was an opportunity to come in and put faces and names together of his little friends, and his teachers and really see what he does all day." Shannon Thompson says.

And through the day parents had some bumps in the road to overcome just like their kids. From locker combinations not working to learning how to play the cello.

"Often times the parents are really excited about all the learning their students are doing and how different it is from when they were in school." Jessica Magnuson a teacher at Carl Ben Eielson says.

 Parents agree it's different, as well as more demanding.

"Really the most interesting thing to me is the math class, talking about the common core standard. And just to see how the teachers are trying to compensate for that and try and get kids caught up to where they need to be." Shannon says.

A lesson for them to better understand what their child does in a day.

"It keeps them busy it keeps them moving, it's just as busy as my day at work." Greg says.

And now at the end of their school day parents and students will be on the same page. 

Principal Brad Larson has done the parent-student switch for 15 years.  Carl Ben Eielson has had the swap day for the past eight years.
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