Three people on a bench dressed up as cell phones.

Always Treat Your Students…

….as if their parents were in the room….  -ToddWhitaker on Twitter

Three people on a bench dressed up as cell phones.The above statement has a lot of merit. Beyond the warning to be careful how you treat your students – sometimes parents really are in the room. Perhaps not physically but via mobile devices, classroom surveillance, and other tools available today parents have unprecedented access to the classrooms where their children spend eight hours of their day.

In online learning parents have even greater access. I purposely invite parents to the live sessions and encourage them to review student work in the asynchronous environment. Even if I did not invite them there is always the possibility that they are following the letter of their agreement with the virtual school and are actually sitting next to their students while I teach. From experience I know this is unlikely but the potential is there!

This is something to seriously think about. Teachers may have had a perception that their classrooms were sanctified private realms of learning but that is less and less true. These days students carry enough devices with them that a parent with a bit of tech skills might decide to “listen in” on a school day. It was only ten years ago that parents were installing “nanny” cams. Those same students are now in our classrooms.

Just something to think about during the school day. Big brother? Actually…she prefers Mom and he prefers Dad….


About the author: Rurik

Known both as Ru (or as the title suggests, Ru Ru the Ruiner), Rurik studies ways games can designed to improve society, especially in the realm of education.