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How much personal information to disclose to students is a fundamental question teachers have been asking themselves for decades. In her article “I’m not brave. I have cancer” (2008), Marcie Williams, an ESL teacher from The Ohio State University, addresses this question and gives advice specifically for teachers who have cancer. She encourages them to tell their students about their cancer but warns them about the possibility of negative reactions; in many countries, talking about cancer – especially breast cancer – can be a taboo topic. So how much should teachers tell their students – a lot or a little? How should they tell them – in class, or face-to-face? Should the teacher only tell their students in a limited manner and then not answer questions, or should they be prepared to answer any and all questions the students might...
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