Integrating Personal Life With The Classroom – Positive Or Negative?

In my past education training, I’ve been cautioned to keep my personal life out of the classroom. This, of course, is understandable, as certain things can get misconstrued and there are even legal issues between what is ‘school-related’ or ‘home-related,’ especially with topics like religion or faith.

But what about hobbies? Interests? Passions?

This ELA Socials & Science teacher, Abbie Williams, talks about how she bridges the gap between her experiences and the classroom experience. Her story is fun and inspiring, but I’m curious what you think.

Should she share so much about her personal life? Is this helping or hindering her students? What argument, if any, is there for keeping teacher lives separate from the education setting? Continue reading