Ask Jamie: Students and the Blog
Cassandra asks this question as a follow-up to my Ask Jamie post on children’s privacy. This question was also asked by a real life friend recently.
Do you ever worry about your students finding your blog?
I worried about my students finding the blog more when I worked at the local high school but even then I would not say that it was a major concern. I’ve always been pretty open with my students and most of my students did know that I was dealing with infertility — my lack of children always managed to come up in class and I was vague but open about what I was going through.
Honestly, I don’t think many of my students would take the time to Google me. They have more important people to stalk! On the old blog, I discussed a few aspects of my job that I probably should not have mentioned in a public forum, but I do not feel that I ever crossed the line with regard to my students.
This blog has numerous posts about my yearbook girls — including pictures of them. Several of my former students do stop by and read the blog (these are the students that I now consider friends and I am friends with them on Facebook – and yes, I have strict guidelines that I will not friend students until after they have graduated – yearbook girls were the exception) and this doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve even had a few stop by my house and ask me for advice now that they are starting their own families. If anything, I’m teaching them that teachers are real people too. Sometimes I think students have a perception that teachers do not have lives outside of the classroom and that obviously is not the case.
Now that I am teaching online, I truly do not worry in the slightest if a student finds my blog. If they want to Google me and truly care that much about what I am doing then they probably need to be spending more time writing their papers. I am careful about what I post regarding my current job (trust me, there are days when I’d love to blog about some of the stupidity and apathy) and if they find me, it wouldn’t bother me. What I put on this blog is for public consumption. That doesn’t mean it is always right or politically correct, but I put it here with the assumption that people will read it — local people who don’t want to come out of the closet and admit they are reading my blog (yes, I’m talking to you…), students (past, present, and future), family, future employers, everyone.
Maybe this is a poor way to look at this — but I truly don’t care what anyone thinks about me and that includes students. The most important people in my life do read the blog and when I truly make an ass out of myself — they forgive me. Because they love me, despite my quirks. I try my best to show my true colors (good and bad) on the blog. Sometimes I contradict myself. Sometimes I make people upset. Sometimes I upset myself. Sometimes I stick my foot in my mouth. But it’s me. Read it or click-away, it’s ultimately your choice to be here.
Do you worry about your students/colleagues/family finding your blog? Why?
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