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  •  I'm a teacher with my own policies on this. (1+ / 0-)
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    Philpm

    Yes, I have a facebook page. I have many former students with access as "friends" -- but only after they have graduated. Most of my former-student friends are at least well into their twenties. (I have one former student sending me pictures of her grandchildren. Oy.)

    I also have a dedicated blog that is strictly school-related. Nothing of a personal nature. All of my current students have access.

    All of my current students have my cell-phone number to be used for school business only. In the five years I have been giving out my numbrer, I have never had it abused.

    I'm sure Jane Cunningham would have me locked up on a litany of charges -- particularly, no doubt, because I'm gay -- and I'm sure the way I handle things would not work for every teacher. But it works for me and more importantly, it works for my students.

    It is always to be taken for granted, that those who oppose an equality of rights never mean the exclusion should take place on themselves. -- Thomas Paine

    by teachme2night on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 07:11:33 AM PST

    •  Me too (1+ / 0-)
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      Philpm

      I use Facebook to communicate with the graduates from the small alternative public high school which I'm the director of. I won't "friend" a current student there and have made an alumni group that I hope will be the main focus of communication.

      At a recent symposium on drop-out prevention hosted by the State of Illinois, use of Facebook, texting and other newer media means were widely discussed and encouraged. Many, many anecdotal reports suggest this increases teacher-student communication and may help lower the phenomenal dropout rate we face in this country.

      When kids think their teachers care, they care. It's as simple as that. Granted, some very bad apples know how to twist that caring relationship and use it for their own malicious purposes, but that happens everywhere - in families, in corporate situations, in the military, in every group dynamic humans create.

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