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Old 11-17-2013, 10:06 AM
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Running into students outside of school - how to introduce significant other?

I told some of my students that I'd go to their basketball game this afternoon (they asked me to go and where they're playing is literally a 5-minute walk from where I live); I'd feel weird (and would likely be bored) if I went by myself, so I asked my boyfriend to go with me. I have no idea how to introduce him to students, though. Do I say he's my boyfriend? Do I introduce him using his first name or do I call him "Mr. Lastname?" For context, my students are middle schoolers, and it's a girl's basketball game.

I've run into students while with my boyfriend a few times before, but it was only briefly, so I sort of awkwardly didnít really address his presence at the time. As big as Chicago is, if it's happened before, I'm sure it'll happen again, and I would really like to be able to handle it better in the future (starting today!).
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:07 AM
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"Hi, Kelly, how are you?

This is Mr. Smith. How are you enjoying the game?"
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:27 PM
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I would just say hello. No need to introduce him, unless you want to.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:08 PM
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I would just say: "Hey how's it going? Oh, this is my boyfriend 'Zach'" Or whatever his name is.

Teachers can date if they want to without hiding it. You can tell them 'Mr. Whoever' if you want as well. It depends on how formal you want your relationship with them to be. I require my students to refer to me as Mr. but if I was outside of class I probably would drop some of the formality.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:36 PM
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I require my students to refer to me as Mr. but if I was outside of class I probably would drop some of the formality.
How do you drop the formality? You allow students to call you by your first name outside of school or they just use your last name but with no Mr.?

I don't want any student, current or former, using my first name. I don't even like when my co-workers call me by my first name, it just seems weird. But that is just me.
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:49 PM
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I just say, "This is Mr. hisFirstName." Most of the kids recognize him because I have a picture of him on my desk.

(Then sometimes they ask what I'm like at home, and he makes up funny stories about me drowning under piles of their homework.)
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:18 PM
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I just introduce him as First Name. I talk about him sometimes. He shows up in our grammar practice. The kids think it's a hoot.

They don't call him anything really though. Mostly I think they see him as Ms. DG's bf.
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:51 PM
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Introduce him as Mr. Lastname. No need to explain the situation.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:56 PM
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This is my friend, Mr. Lastname?
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:33 PM
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How do you drop the formality? You allow students to call you by your first name outside of school or they just use your last name but with no Mr.?

I don't want any student, current or former, using my first name. I don't even like when my co-workers call me by my first name, it just seems weird. But that is just me.
My coworkers get jokingly mad at me if I refer to them as Mr. or Mrs. and prefer to be called by their first name.

And if a student called me by my first name outside of school especially if they're a former student, I probably wouldn't mind. I wouldn't invite them to do it but I wouldn't really care.
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