Although it is optional for teachers to add their students on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and iChat, it makes the community more cohesive.
Math Teacher Sunil Reddy said his original policy was that he wasn’t going to friend students for the sake of maintaining his image as a teacher. Things like his pictures from college weren’t really that bad, but it just wasn’t stuff he wanted students to see.
Over time, however, he changed his mind. “Eventually I just had so many friend requests from students that I just decided to make a new account, this way I didn’t have to worry about censorship.”
Other teachers choose not to add students until they graduate, while others go ahead and request students. Whatever path they choose in social media, teachers take the time to personalize learning at SLA, which in a way helps students prepare for college and the real world.