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Can Teachers Be Friends With Students?

By Larry Ferlazzo — October 21, 2011 1 min read

This week’s question comes from Brad Patterson, who asks:

Can we be friends with our students? Where do we create barriers? How about social-media wise? I’m interested to hear about your experience, lessons learned, regrets, what you would offer as advice for new teachers.

It’s an important question with two key components. One relates to the question of how teachers and students view their relationships with each other on a broader level, and the other more narrowly in the social media realm. The second aspect has definitely been in the news lately, particularly in Missouri. What do you think?

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of twelve published by Eye On Education. Thanks, Brad!

You can send questions to me at lferlazzo@epe.org.When you send in your question, let me know if I can use your real name if it’s selected or if you’d prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

I’m looking forward to learning from people’s responses!

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