Originally Posted by Potty Diva
Then let me explain. When I say extend beyond the class room I meant only that parents could call and let me know such and such occurred, or call my home to discuss issues that pertain to their child (ya know outside the classroom).
I don't want to go to movies, or eat dinner with, exchange gifts, etc with parents or their children. BUT, I do want to be available after hours for parents to call and ask about homework, etc.
I'd like to build a trusting relationship with parents and students where they feel comfortable to do this.
Does that make sense?
Also, I'll be teaching hig hschool students and don't see me taking pictures of them in their own homes, or asking for a tour of their home. In fact I wouldn't do it, even if asked by my school.
I wouldn't invite myself over, I would hope that I could make a home visit an option and if parents declined to offer MY home as a location to meet. I see no problem with opening my home to parents. And I would think doing so would help to build trust.
During the years ds1 was not home schooling and attended school I can say 90% of his teachers have given out cards with their home numbers, and a couple of the bus drivers gave cards with their cell phone numbers in order to keep closer contacts with parents. I appreciate that. I was not called daily, and I did not call them daily, but it was really nice to have that info for when I needed it. I think it's great if the teachers feel comfortable enough to give out their home phone numbers, and most likely for preK and grade school it isn't an issue.
Now middle and high school, most teachers I knew of were unlisted because of the pranks calls they continually got. One teacher, I know some kids called her daily hanging up and she never changed her number. So for me, I seriously doubt I would be giving my home number out in high school or middle school. Perhaps a cell phone number, but I am sure it isn't' like that everywhere.
Any way I think the teacher exchanging phone numbers is great, if they choose to do so. They don't' have to give out their home numbers because you always have a way to contact them by way of the school. You really don't have a choice about your number since it is required information in the school records for emergencies and such. I have no problems with keeping in close working relationships with teachers. I sure wish more parents would, as I spend many many hours last year helping in the classroom with reading and math skills. I really wished that some of the parents would have worked with the kids at home with things and I wasn't even the teacher. And it is so hard to see kids struggle and get the feeling that there isn't any educational support at home. But, in most cases I don't think there was a problem at home, but that parents have to work and care for the whole family and go do laundry, and to the grocery store, and....and....and....just not enough hourse in the day. I am a very hands on parent when it comes to my kids' education, but I don't believe it requires a visit to my home or vice versa to find that out.
This thread has really evolved. I sure saw that it would take it's own direction, and I have learned a lot and have been enlightened. I don't know how this got to be solely about teachers tho.
Again, I don't think the teachers came up with this as a fun way to spend their time, but I do think the school district decided it would be done. So in that case I don't feel like the teachers are trying to insert themselves into my or anyone's home, but that to meet their job requirements they have too.
Again, I think the point here is optional visits would be awesome. Stating that it is mandatory is not awesome.