@death of privacy: This is obviously a Very Complicated Question. As the Churchmouse implies, a certain amount of this is performed. (The equivalent is students who think that, on the basis of my willingness to tell certain kinds of stories in class, or to look like an idiot, that we’re BFF. A former student noted that it wasn’t until her 3rd class or so with me that she started to distinguish between my teaching persona & my “real” personality. Likewise, blogself != actual self.)]]>
Benefit: Eh, I was tired. The sentence was supposed to read: You would have appreciated facebook before the latest changes.
Churchmice: I’ll need to meditate on this. I hadn’t taken into consideration the whole Softball queries part of it. I was too quick to define the situation as a student/teacher relations issue. In terms of classroom confidence, You could make and argument for supposed power. Table dancing, Rocky Horror, Some horrific frat party are all surrounded by familiar peers. In the class, not only are you surrounded by somewhat unfamiliar peers, but you are also tasked with confronting an apparent superior force: the professor. This combination of Social awkwardness + Authority could question the otherwise headstrong youth. It is in this sense that I am happy to take JBJ’s classes in the future: my respect for him as a professor will allow for proper class procedures, but my familiarity with him will give me greater confidence in class*- it is here that the picture issue becomes a good thing in my eyes. More familiarity with the students lives can bolster a student’s confidence in class. I am not suggesting one comment on the activities on facebook: JBJ mentioning my past party pictures would certainly be a faux pas (with anyone else, I am pretty much an open book). It is a slightly more personal relationship, be it through wiki’s, blogs, AIM, facebook, whatever, that can rid the world of the churchmice.
*Although, the fact that I have class with you that ends late thursday and then another early friday morning does leave me to wonder if I will suffer some kind of JBJ overdose. I’ll be spouting victorian slang and bleeding opium in no time.]]>
Plus, I just assume you’re lying when you say you would “hate to advertise [your] odd sense of humor.”
@”a benefit”: I do not think this word means what you think it means.
@churchmice: To be honest, I’m largely with Frothy here–I have been, in the main, comfortable with having class- and school-related activity determine most of what I think about my students. I’m still somewhat ambivalent about the whole thing.]]>
Regarding Churchmice: Well, from the students perspective, there are obviously aspects of ourselves that we are apparently comfortable with showing. I wouldn’t discount the churchmice for their table-dancing proclivities. Many of us know these activities are going to be available online, and you could almost say we (all students, not just the CM) are playing an act because of that fact. ( I’d hate to advertise my odd sense of humor, but in my facebook, my latest photo’s involve me in a secret santa party opening and then being assaulted with a particular pink phallic object, against my will of course, and though the pictures do not show this, everyone during the act was chanting “Facebook!”.) Sometimes the churchmice want to let their hair down, and though we students do not normally allow the professor’s in on this aspect of life, we are obviously ok with the possibility. Does this make it better or worse? We shall see.
Then again, this is the student whom a particular victorian literature teacher asked me in front of the entire class, with no prior context: “Whats this I hear about you and a lapdance?”]]>