One of my favorite teachers told me once that he dressed the way that he did — jackets, ties, and other business attire — because he wanted us to know that, while he was our teacher, he was not our friend.
And I thought that made sense. It was his job to advocate for us. To challenge us. To help us be the best we could be. And so he wasn’t our friend. He was our teacher. To keep those ideas separate, he used his dress. I think that’s worth remembering as we move more and more of our work as teachers into online spaces.
Very interesting write-up over here on this issue. If you reblog, weigh in on your thoughts. I’d be curious to see if you think teachers should friend their students.
Such a touchy topic. Should teachers “friend” students? If so, what are the fine lines that should not be crossed?