My students have no clue and I prefer it that way or before you know it, they’ll be competing to see who’s antics end up in here. My classrooms would be a nightmare!
However, I do allow my students to add me on Facebook a few months after they graduate so I have a ton of former students following You Suck, Sir. On a couple of occasions, I have had to privately ask specific students if I may share their story because there’s no way she wouldn’t recognize herself and it’s a sensitive subject, but I want to share it because I think it would be inspirational to many readers. They have always given me permission and were flattered at my rendering of it and my memory of details (thank you, journals!).
The great part is when a former student ‘likes’ one of my posts on the YSS Facebook page and has no idea that it’s about him because I’ve altered enough details (gender, grade, specifics if it’s not crucial to the story, etc) to make him unrecognizable. This has happened a few times.
In one instance, a former student messaged me with, “Hey, is today’s post about John _____ who used to sit next to me?” And I wrote back, “It’s about you! Don’t you remember? You were…” (I added in a bunch of details about that moment that are not in the YSS redacted version.) And he wrote back, “Holy s#*t! I was a moron!! How did you put up with me??”
I laughed for days.
*whose* antics, Teach.
Now following, by the way.