Sadly, a lot of teachers I know are nervous about joining facebook because it will be nearly impossible to avoid students and the inevitable friend requests coming your way. One teacher even joined with a psuedonym to avoid that awkward "Ignore" moment
The major concern for these teachers is maintaining that professional line between you and your students and avoiding a "worlds colliding" situation. Do you really want to worry about your students seeing every message, picture or detail listed on your profile? A recent eschoolnews.com article echoes these concerns:
"We're seeing, culturally, a shift of formal structure" in the academic hierarchy, said Jared Stein, director of instructional design services at Utah Valley University. "A lot of students call teachers by their first name. I believe that educators should keep a clear line separating educational relationships from social relationships. As long as the use of the tool is related to learning, education, or professional development, I don't see it as being a problem." http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/top-news/?i=55535
On the other hand, some proponents claim that reaching students through facebook or other social networks where they spend much of their time could help teachers reach out to students.
So what do you think: Should teachers "friend" students on facebook? Take the poll or put your thoughts in the Comments section.