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it is important to keep in touch with your teachers and teachers should give their personal contact to the student that they trust
teachers for example this quote my teacher wants my phone number and she wrote this quote for me "A teacher’s control, he said repeatedly, should be 'an exercise in purpose, not in power.'" that true and till know i stay contact with my teachers
Students can and do contact me on weekends and other evenings via the school's email network. Many have sent me essays that they need advice on, so they can revise at home. I have, on rare occasions, given my cell number to my middle-schoolers and have never had a problem. This is mostly in a field trip situation.
For 10 years I taught in a school the was K-8. 5 of those years I taught 5th grade and the other 5 I taught all the students as I was the technology teacher. At the beginning of each year I gave the students and their parents my home phone number and personal email. I asked them to respect my family time and only call me if it was an emergency. I can count on one hand the number of phone call I have received at home from students or parents. Three --- in 10 years! I found that making yourself available and giving them maybe more information than they needed reduced their need to contact me.
What I have done during my teaching practice is to set up a social network where students can mail me. I find this useful since ti creates a sense of community and belonging. My students know they can mail me anytime and they also know I have a special email account just for them. The aforementioned social network is NING.
I don't give out my personal information but students can email me through our school systems School Center web pages anytime that they want. I then can respond to their questions or their parents' concerns.
I give out my phone number and email address since the school directory lists it and anyone with an internet connection can find it anyway. I have a school email address that is also in the directory and every student has an account as well. I would say giving away "personal" information would be more like being "friends" in Facebook. I consider that outside professionalism and don't share that kind of information. To me, phone numbers and emails are normal likes of communication.
I give my students my Google Voice number - it feeds to my cell phone and records both MP3 and sms messages in my inbox. I can easily text them or call them back - and my personal information stays private but I'm still available to my students. Win/Win.
My college students have my home phone number. I have rarely had a problem with students abusing this information. My student teachers have my cell number because situations come up that need to be dealt with quickly. Unfortunately all of our university students have our university email and rather than ask a question in class (which others probably also have), they email me. I have had to make an "email policy" (basically that email does not replace office hours) that is in my syllabi. I will ignore (delete) questions that should have been asked in class, during office hours..... Email is the bane of my existence - students seem to think we do nothing but sit next to our computers ready to reply 24/7. The expectation that the email they sent at 1:00 am wasn't answered or read before my 8:00 am class is very disturbing. And if we do not answer immediately, they contact the chair of the department. I try my best to be available but I do have a life--or try to.
I have removed myself from Facebook due to the privacy issues that have plagued the site.
Positive relationships with students are a key to student success, so being available can be important, but sharing a personal cell number can be a scary idea. Texting is the preferred method of communicating with students, and can be less intrusive than calls. Gaggle just added the ability for students and teachers to text without sharing phone numbers through their own SMS gateway. Since everything goes through Gaggle, messages get logged and stored so there's a record in case anyone wants to know what you're texting about.
I do give my contact information on a limited basis. I coach the school's forensics (speech & drama) team, which competes mainly on Saturdays, outside of regular school times. I need my team members and their parents to be able to contact me at home about illnesses, cancellations, etc. I also direct the school plays, and the school office has closed or on a weekend when we're doing set work, it can be important for cast, crew and their parents to get in touch with me. As far as my classes, I give students access to my school e-mail account, which I can access from anywhere. That's seemed to be sufficient for the time being...