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Old 01-15-2010, 04:31 PM
 
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I just finished a 2 day HS assignment where both days the teacher was texting a trusted student asking him to remind me of things already in her lesson plan, and slight changes (after the student secretly sent her a text asking for help on a worksheet problem). I saw the texts and even called her from her classroom phone (the student gave me her cell number) in hope of speaking to her directly, but received only her cell voice mail. Am I wrong to be a bit irritated that she chose to communicate through her student, rather than call me in the classroom? Is it even common for teachers and students to exchange text messages, or am I just behind the times?


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Old 01-15-2010, 04:43 PM
 
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I agree, it's totally unacceptable. It's incredibly disrespectful to you. It also sends some really inappropriate messages to the student, such as you've got more authority than the current teacher, and by the way it's cool if you text during class. I wouldn't go back.
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I couldn't agree more
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this is inappropriate, disrespectful and downright rude!!! Think about the message this is sending to the other students as well! I would find a way to make sure the principal knew about it, and like pp said, I wouldn't go back.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:57 PM
 
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Thanks for taking the time to respond grav_def. I was thinking exactly the same thing. On the outside I was thankful to the student for relaying the messages, but on the inside I was fuming! All of her periods are really good students and I enjoyed working with them, but yes, I may have to put her on my do not return list.
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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Wow - this would NEVER fly at my school. She should have never text a student with instructions for you. Ridiculous!


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Old 01-16-2010, 07:18 AM
 
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no, you;re not behind the times...it's called email to another teacher and get it to you or to the sec'y...does this teacher realize this could end up terrible for that person if it ever got out????

never mind that it's only lesson plans and updates!!!!! but then, I betcha 100% this "teacher" has tenure and doesn't really care one way or another how it looks....
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Sure it was the teacher?
Old 01-16-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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I usually like to give students the benefit of the doubt, but are you sure those texts were from the actual teacher and not some prank? Even good kids have their sneaky moments (especially with a sub).
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Rude is the word I'd have used also
Old 01-16-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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Barclay is right. It extremely rude to electronically look over your shoulder while you're trying to do your job.
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Um, I've got red flags
Old 01-16-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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in my head about this.

It is Completely Inappropriate that a teacher and student would be "texting" each other, whether it's during a class or not. In any educational environment, I believe there are actual rules, if not guidelines, about teacher/student communication. And that you called her cell and she didn't answer -- hmmm, me thinks someone was hiding from you....

I work in a district where a HS teacher was arrested for having an inappropriate relationship (guess) with a student, and two other teachers were aware of the situation and Did Nothing about it. How did it start? Facebook and text messages.

It is wrong, wrong, wrong.
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RE: lovetosub
Old 01-16-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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Lovetosub I have to say that was one of the first things that crossed my mind too. Blurring the lines of professional distance between teacher and student inappropriately.


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this is so angering! How would you even know the info is legit? That the student isn't just making it up, nevermind, forget that, we don't communicate lesson plans through students! I would report this to the principle. I DONT take order through a cell phone from a student. Sure it will result in this teacher NOT asking you back, but who cares, it's the principle of the whole thing.
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red flags
Old 01-17-2010, 06:40 AM
 
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Yep, that was my first thought too, but didn't say anything cuz maybe I'm just alert to creepy....
lovetosub, are you telling us to guess which district? That would be too hard as it has happened all over the country... but L#to%rno came to mind immediately. I would have reported that so fast... like (to the student) 'if you want me to take your instructions, take that phone down to the principal to get it cleared'
It's not about texting and modern technology, it's about a potentially severely inappropriate relationship.
Hopefully the student was making it up???
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thats really weird...
Old 01-18-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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I would have called another teacher or the principal during about this as soon as the kid started telling me he/she was texting the teacher. If a kid tells me something and it doesn't sound right I always call a teacher next door. If this happened to me I'd think it was inappropriate and WEIRD.
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take away the phone. That situation was strange and boardering on inappropriate
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