Why I Now Friend My Students on Social Media
Being unpopular and saying things people don’t want to hear isn’t fun. Neither is admitting you’re wrong. Perhaps that is why this 5 minute speech I felt compelled to give was so hard for me.
I’m convinced that we’ve isolated…
Oh hells no. Too much liability. I know a teacher who mentioned a FORMER (over 18) student on Facebook. TSPC took issue, although the student and student’s family did not. Seriously: they revoked his license. He challenged it and is teaching now, but still…
My Facebook account is sort of…not even me. It’s a public persona that I heavily edit because I teach in a small district with some people who will get all weird and judgey if I have two glasses of wine and post something late on a school night or if I go out on a Friday and mention whiskey. This is true, and sad, but still true.
That said, this polite, heavily edited version of me is “friends” with a few former students. Ones I’ve come to know over the years. But not just the student, but their family too. Ones who have helped me move, invited me to family parties or birthday celebrations, or have watched my dog when I go on trips—ones who, over the course of years,
have become friends. These things happen occasionally.
But mostly, no. My life, and my school life, we are different.
I’m happy my friends like me for who I am, but I don’t need Facebook or work and students to get all up in my business.