From Rate Your Students, May 15, 2009
I won't even address any of the specific and seriously ridiculous recent postings about being friends with students.
truth is, we are human beings first, social beings, really, and who do
we have more contact with than students? Of course I'm friends with my
colleagues, but my students are very dear to me.
feel very sorry for those of you who don't see the possibility of very
strong relationships with these amazing women AND men who are in our
classes. It's a warm feeling for me to go to work because I know my
friends await my arrival in the classroom. We call each other by our
first names or "nick" names, and we go about the business of learning as
Those of you who don't understand that
likely come from an earlier generation of instruction. You think you
have to hold power over students in order to lead them. But, you see, I
don't want to lead them. In fact many times my students lead me to new
I'm a hardass on grading: don't get me
wrong. But we're a small communal society for the span of a semester
(or usually much more in my case), and it's lovely to have these
Sure, I've had students in my home. I
feel very very sorry for those of you who have not. You're missing
wonderful and rewarding friendships.