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 Where would you draw the line? 
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Where are you going to draw the line between being a teacher, and being a friend who cares?



And, what will you do about the students who know you outside of school from sunday school, a second job, family friends?

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Jerry Nicole Whitener (Nicole)


Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:08 am
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This is one of the issues that I worry about when becoming a teacher. I have a really soft heart and want to help everyone I come into contact with, but I know that will not be possible. So, whats wrong with being a teacher that cares? It is important to keep your professionalism, but at the same time it is also important for you to care. A careless teacher, will not be a good teacher. When you get your 30 or so new students at the beginning of each year, you inherit 30 or so new responsibilities. I know that it will be impossible to help every problem with every student, but I do think that teachers should try their best to at least help. In some instances, a teacher is the only person that a student feels they can come to and that teacher needs to be there for that student. I remember having teachers that cared and teachers that really didn't, but I remember the caring teachers having a huge impact on my life and I can still remember so much about them and being in their class. If a person is not going to be a caring teacher, they should probably think of a new profession to go into, because I feel that it comes with the job description.

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I agree with Dana. I want to teach because I want to have an impact on student's lives, and what better way to do that than to be a caring friend. However, I do believe that teachers MUST maintain respect in their classrooms. They must be willing to stand their ground and enforce consequences when necessary. I think there is a fine line between being a teacher and being a friend, but I definitely think it is possible to successfully be both.


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I agree with Dana and Jennifer. I think a teacher should be a caring person and even be a type of friend to the students. I think a teacher should be respected in the classroom and he/she shouldn't try to become everyone's friend by letting them get away with things or not being responsible, etc. I think that if a teacher gains respect, she also shows that she cares for the students. I'm not totally sure if there is a line between being a teacher and being a caring friend. There is a line you can cross if you become too personal with the students but I agree with Dana, caring comes with the job!

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There was an excellent example of this topic in the book we had to read about the soccer team. In it the coach, Cuadros, had to reprimand a couple of players for physical violence as well as other kinds of negative influences. Up until that point Cuadros had been very friendly with the students and became very personal in their lives. However, he had laid down some ground rules which were ultimately broken by one the teams best players whom Cuadros had to throw off the team. The other player that was involved in the confrontation was only suspended. The rest of the players were angry at the coaches decision but Cuadros ultimately said that he did what he had to do, because he was not there to be their friend but to be their coach.

As teachers we need to recognize what our ultimate goal is for students. Even though we become friendly and involved in the lives of our students, we have to care for them enough that we do not let our personal relationships to interfere with what is best for the students.

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Kollin Adam Kalk


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