Discussion in 'General Education' started by Jerseygirlteach, Sep 17, 2012.
Sep 17, 2012
We clall teachers by their first name only when students aren't around. Otherwise, it's Mr. or Mrs.
I've noticed this at my new school too. In my last school we would only call each other by ms/mr lastname if kids were around. Here, I notice that the two veteran teachers on my team call everyone by their last name even casually with just adults, which I think is weird. They're very close with each other and it doesn't seem like they're saying it as a joke...it's very weird to me!
Yes, if students are around.
This reminds me of a science teacher I had in junior high. He introduced himself as "Donaldson", so that's what we all called him. Not Mr. Donaldson, just Donaldson. I remember one teacher in another class absolutely laying into us one day when she overheard us talking about the homework that was due in Donaldson's class. I guess she thought it was extremely offensive and disrespectful for us not to say "Mr.". My thought was that if he didn't care, we didn't have to either. :haha:
We use titles or last name only. First names rarely.
It varies. We do both.
Years ago I had a class with a co-worker friend. The others in the class thought it was funny that we called each other Mrs. Lastname.
First name, unless kids are around. I also call my admin by their first names, even up to the superintendent. Not everyone does that, but as union president I meet with them frequently so I am comfortable calling them by their first names.
Based on this thread, the military has a more relaxed environment than teaching. I'm not sure I'd get along at some of your schools.
At my school, it's all first names, including the principal. If kids are around, we try to use titles and last names, but not always.
The kids at our school are smart enough to know that all their teachers have first names, but they are not allowed to use them.
Now, in the military, for me, it was much the same. All enlisted used first names regardless of rank unless we were in actual formal situations or referring to each other in the third person talking to someone from another unit.
With officers, we used either "sir" or their rank and last name unless then were a colonel or a general. Then you called them "colonel" or "general" in order to remind them how high ranking they were. If an officer and an NCO or airman were friends, they might use first names off duty.
That was active duty. In the reserves, it was all first names.
Sep 18, 2012
We go by first names only- with students and other adults.
Out of earshot of the kids we use first names but outside in the corridors and classrooms we refer to each other as Mr, Miss, Mrs so and so.
We all call each other by our first names when we are not with the students. It is such a habit of mine that it is difficult to make sure I do not slip up when we are with students.
Members of the religious community are either "Brother" or "Father."
Everyone else in the building I refer to by his or her first name. (I used to use "Mr" for the dad of our AP, but we lost him a few years ago.)
There are several younger faculty members who attended our school, who still refer to people as "Mr" or "Mrs" in spite of requests to use first names. They're just not comfortable using first names with their former teachers, and that's fine.
In front of the kids, though, EVERYONE has a title.
I could NEVER call my former teachers by their first names. If my 6th grade teacher was suddenly my grade level partner she would be Mrs. G forever. I could never be like "Hey, Mary..." So weird....
For admins, always Mr. and Mrs. because they are the bosses. I couldn't imagine calling my principal by his first name. I have never called any boss I ever had by his first name.
Among teachers, we use the Mr. and Mrs. only when kids are around. Sometimes we slip up and call each other by our first names and the kids are like hmy:
In my last school I always called them "Last Name". But it wasn't out of formalities. It was a very relaxed type of thing. I don't know how to describe it. But my coworkers would say things like "what's up Last Name?" or "I was at Last Name's room and saw so and so". So we left off the "Mr.Ms.Mrs" part.
At my current school I use both ways. It's more common here for teachers to use their first names with students. To call someone "Dona Last Name" is extremely formal. Like talking to the president. Because this is a German school kids use the words "Frau" and "Herr". Some kids call me "Frau Last Name" some call me "Frau First Name". So it carries over with the teachers. This was sort of confusing...
Separate names with a comma.