Tom: I was 100% FOR students calling teachers by their first name, but after teaching for awhile I now think it's important that students address teachers in a formal way. It's significant in the context of the student/teacher relationship. It helps solidify the teacher's position of authority.
Krystal: Depends what you're teaching. In a formal classroom setting I definitely want my students to address me formally but I also teach private music lessons and to my piano kids I'm just "Krystal", it's a more casual relationship & I don't have to be as authoritative.
Corie: I think it depends on the teacher, and on the class.
Taylor: Interesting... I am 50/50 - definitely depending on the situation - school... students etc.
Gina: I was just thinking about that today...I am not a fan...my friends call me 'Daniela'...they (the students) are not your friends...too personal ...
Tom: Definitely, in a classroom setting, a first-name basis is a bit too "buddy-buddy" for me. I also give private music lessons and in those situations I am definitely "Tom." But no in the classroom...
Bryn: No one can pronounce my last name, but do I think a certain degree of formality is important. I like it best when I get to go by Miss Bryn.I love a good debate on teaching issues. Here's what I replied on Sarah Ebner's blog:
Great Post Ms Ebner, wooops, I mean Sarah! ;-)So what do you think? Should children always call teachers by their first names, or are you "50/50" like Taylor above? Or should they always use our last names? And why? Please share your two cents below.
Seriously though, I do agree. I loved it when students would call me by my first name. It only happened occassionally while teaching across London schools, but whenever I found a school with such a policy I found the students to be more respectful and well behaved. It was a surprise, and a real treat!
I'm all for it. Especially this quote: "Respect isn't about what you're called; it's not about a title," he said. "It's about behaviour. If a teacher can't form a meaningful relationship with a child then that child won't behave. It's nothing to do with what they're called." Well said!
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Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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