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Mar 14, 2006, 12:51 PM
Post #9 of 11
Re: [Windiciti] hell i ain't no teacher.
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Currently teaching an adult ESL class at a CC in my area. There is a delightful middle aged couple in my class. They speak French, Arabic, Armenian, well travelled, well educated folks. Want to invite me for dinner, etc. perhaps w/my husband (?) but I will not let anything interfere w/our professional relationship until the class is over, even though, obviously, sex not an issue here.
Don't jump to any conclusions. But indeed, keep a professional distance from your students, at least while you're still figuring out what you're doing. You may feel like one of their peers, but you aren't: you can give them grades, and you must give them grades, and that means you have power over them. You don't have to be a tyrant, but you do have to remember that someone has put you in charge, no matter for what misguided reasons.
Later on you may want to treat your students as friends, but I recommend against it. You can be friendly with them, but you're still one of their teachers.
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