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Welcome to the novice t eacher p rofessional d evelopment improper s tudent teacher r elationships

Welcome to the Novice Teacher Professional Development: Improper Student/Teacher Relationships

Please sign in and put on your name tag. There are refreshments and snacks available in the back.


Why are you here
Why are you here?

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/teacher-student-relationships-15843582

  • Because you don’t want to end up a teacher turned infamous criminal!


How much do you know
How much do you know?

TRUE OR FALSE?

1. It is appropriate to be friends with your students on Facebook.

2. It is appropriate to e-mail student about school work through the school e-mail system.

3. It is not appropriate to be alone in the classroom with a student.

4. It is not appropriate to post information about student anonymously in a blog.

5. It is appropriate to tutor a student privately


How much do you know1
How much do you know?

6. It is appropriate, if you lead an extracurricular group, to text a student about meeting times for practice.

7. It is appropriate to follow a student on Twitter.

8. It is not appropriate to drive a student somewhere, even with parental permission.

9. It is appropriate to be friends with students, both in and out of the classroom.

10. It is not appropriate to talk about students to other students, even if what you say is positive.


Improper student teacher relationships
Improper Student/Teacher Relationships

  • The goal of this professional development is for you to be able to understand what is considered an improper relationship and have the skills and knowledge to prevent improper relationships from forming.


Learning objectives
Learning Objectives

  • Properly define and identify what is an improper relationship

  • Distinguish between improper and proper relationships

  • Comprehend and comply to the necessary actions that must be taken if one is in danger of crossing the boundary of proper and improper relationships

  • Comprehends the consequences of having an improper relationship

  • Identify ways to avoid getting into improper relationships


What is an improper relationship with a student
What is an improper relationship with a student?

  • Discuss with your group…

  • An inappropriate relationship is when a teacher solicits and/or engages in sexual conduct or romantic relationship, inappropriate communication and/or the furnishing of alcohol or illegal/unauthorized drugs with/to a student


If you are here it is because you are an educator. Educators must abide by Association of American Educators and Texas Educators Code of Ethics.Are you familiar with these codes of ethics? Lets see…


Association of American Educators Code of Ethics for EducatorsPRINCIPLE II: Ethical Conduct toward Practices and PerformanceThe professional educator assumes responsibility and accountability for his or her performance and continually strives to demonstrate competence. The professional educator endeavors to maintain the dignity of the profession by respecting and obeying the law, and by demonstrating personal integrity.

  • The professional educator applies for, accepts, or assigns a position or a responsibility on the basis of professional qualifications, and adheres to the terms of a contract or appointment.

  • The professional educator maintains sound mental health, physical stamina, and social prudence necessary to perform the duties of any professional assignment.

  • The professional educator continues professional growth.

  • The professional educator complies with written local school policies and applicable laws and regulations that are not in conflict with this code of ethics.

  • The professional educator does not intentionally misrepresent official policies of the school or educational organizations, and clearly distinguishes those views from his or her own personal opinions.

  • The professional educator honestly accounts for all funds committed to his or her charge.

  • The professional educator does not use institutional or professional privileges for personal or partisan advantage.


Texas educator code of ethics
Texas Educator Code of Ethics Educators

  • Standard 3.6. The educator shall not solicit or engage in sexual conduct or a romantic relationship with a student or minor.

  • Standard 3.7. The educator shall not furnish alcohol or illegal/unauthorized drugs to any person under 21 years of age unless the educator is a parent or guardian of that child or knowingly allow any person under 21 years of age unless the educator is a parent or guardian of that child to consume alcohol or illegal/unauthorized drugs in the presence of the educator.

  • Standard 3.8. The educator shall maintain appropriate professional educator-student relationships and boundaries based on a reasonably prudent educator standard.


Standard 3.9. The educator shall refrain from inappropriate communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:(i) the nature, purpose, timing, and amount of the communication;(ii) the subject matter of the communication;(iii) whether the communication was made openly or the educator attempted to conceal the communication;(iv) whether the communication could be reasonably interpreted as soliciting sexual contact or a romantic relationship;(v) whether the communication was sexually explicit; and(vi) whether the communication involved discussion(s) of the physical or sexual attractiveness or the sexual history, activities, preferences, or fantasies of either the educator or the student.


As an educator you are prohibited from
As an educator you are prohibited from… communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

  • Embarking on a romantic relationship with a student

  • Making sexual comments to a student or commenting about a student’s body in an unprofessional manner

  • Talking about a student’s sexual history

  • Improper hugging, kissing, or excessive touching

  • Planning a romantic relationship with a student after he/she graduates

  • Providing a student or students with drugs and/or alcohol


Now that we know what not to do how to we avoid it
Now that we know what not to do how to we avoid it? communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

  • The following are tips for new teachers from TCTA (Texas Classroom Teachers Association)

    • Find a mentor teacher if one hasn’t been assigned to you. Your mentor can help give you guidance and support in your new profession.

    • Always seek out additional training to enhance your skills as a teacher and to keep on the professional track.


Keep it professional
Keep it Professional communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

  • Always remember that YOU are the teacher and the professional!

    • You are not a peer to your students

    • Do NOT invite student to your home

    • Avoid sharing too much personal information. Also, don’t share inside jokes or inappropriate remarks. Do NOT flirt with students.

    • Keep a professional and modest appearance.

    • Don’t “hang out” with students outside of school and/or school activities. Remember, you are not their best friend!

    • Do not provide any alcohol or drugs to students or condone consumption.


Keep it professional1
Keep it Professional communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

  • Even if your intentions are innocent, putting yourself into a situation (ex. Having students at your home, contacting them on social networks, being with student outside of school/school activities, etc.) can give the impression that the relationship is inappropriate to others


What happens if you don t keep it professional
What happens if you don’t keep it professional? communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

  • You can possibly lose your job and get your teaching certificate revoked!

  • Depending on the situation you can even obtain felony charges.

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=9121922&pid=9122012


What would you do
What would you do? communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

  • Think about what you would do and write your answers on the paper provided.

    1. A student who struggles in your class and rarely speaks approaches you at the end of class and tells you that they would like to tell you something privately. They ask if they can meet you after school at a local coffee shop near their house. You feel that this student is calling out to you for help. What is the appropriate course of action to take:


What would you do1
What would you do? communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

2. A student of the opposite sex seems to have developed a crush on you; they linger in your classroom after the bell rings and look for excuses to try to touch you. You have spoken to them about how this behavior is inappropriate, and while the student no longer touches you, you still feel uncomfortable around them. You believe that the student still has an unhealthy attraction to you. What is your next step?


What would you do2
What would you do? communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

3. You help out your school by coaching the girls’ volleyball team in a small district. After an evening away game, all of your students get picked up by their parents until only one is left. After trying to reach the child’s parents with no success, the child asks if you can drive them home. What should you do?


What would you do3
What would you do? communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

4. In your English class, one of your students suggests creating a Facebook group for the class, so that assignments can be posted there and any questions about the reading can be discussed. Quickly, all of the students jump on board with the idea. Your school does not have a rule against being friends with students on Facebook, but you know that it is discouraged. What do you do to find a compromise?


Are there any questions comments and or concerns
Are there any questions, comments, and/or concerns? communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:


How much did you learn
How much did you learn? communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

TRUE OR FALSE?

1. It is appropriate to be friends with your students on Facebook.

2. It is appropriate to e-mail student about school work through the school e-mail system.

3. It is not appropriate to be alone in the classroom with a student.

4. It is not appropriate to post information about student anonymously in a blog.

5. It is appropriate to tutor a student privately


How much do you know2
How much do you know? communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

6. It is appropriate, if you lead an extracurricular group, to text a student about meeting times for practice.

7. It is appropriate to follow a student on Twitter.

8. It is not appropriate to drive a student somewhere, even with parental permission.

9. It is appropriate to be friends with students, both in and out of the classroom.

10. It is not appropriate to talk about students to other students, even if what you say is positive.


Resources
Resources communication with a student or minor, including, but not limited to, electronic communication such as cell phone, text messaging, email, instant messaging, blogging, or other social network communication. Factors that may be considered in assessing whether the communication is inappropriate include, but are not limited to:

  • Texas Education Agency (2011, June 23). Educators' Code of Ethics. Retrieved June 17,2013, from http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147501244&menu_id=771&menu_id2=794

  • Texas Classroom Teachers Association. (2013). Improper Relationships with Students. Retrieved fromhttp://www.tcta.org/node/12941

  • Association of American Educators (n.d.). Code of Ethics for Educators. Retrieved from http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/about-us


That is all! Thank you for participating in the novice teacher professional development: improper student/teacher relationships.


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