“Aren’t you concerned about giving out your mobile phone number to STUDENTS? “
I’m not. Here’s why:
- I have been giving my cellphone number to my students (ranging from year 8 to 12) for a number of years now, and have never had a student or parent abuse the privilege. I have not had any prank calls, or abusive texts. I have had no calls at inopportune times.
- If a student really wanted to ring and abuse me, or play a prank by calling to wake me in the middle of the night, why wouldn’t they just ring my landline phone? The number is publicly listed in the white pages!
- If a student did misemploy my mobile phone number, they would leave a trail of evidence to their misdemeanour – and a much clearer trail, than if they called my landline phone.
- In my experience, the benefits of having my students networked 24/7 far outweigh any risk.
Like Pavlov’s dog salivating at the ringing of a bell, I think some teachers experience a conditioned fear response when hearing the words ‘cellphone’ and ‘student’ in the same sentence. It’s just a phone.