I saw a tweet this am that got me thinking and was worth sharing out to the community here:
Heard this "I'm here to teach not to be liked." Does learning happen through someone you don't like?
There was one reply from Tom Whitby:
"I know that I said that at least once over my career."
Link to tweets: https://twitter.com/naghma_khn/statuses/502843687361982466
I started reflecting on this and reflected upon my own student experience with the teachers I learned the most from and just like everything in education, it's a complicated answer. :)
The teachers that pushed and challenged me the most, didn't take my made-up excuses, and always expected the best from me were the teachers I ALWAYS learned from the most. But it wasn't just that -- these teachers took the time to get to know me as a person and motivated me to take ownership in learning, based on who I wanted to be. But they were not my friend -- they were someone I respected and wanted to make proud.
So for me..I'm afraid it's not as easy as just saying tough teachers do the best job. It's important to create a classroom community where trust and respect is earned. Being too tough can backfire as well (and I'm sure we've all seen the students just give up as a result).
I'm interested in hearing your thoughts. How tough do you try to be? What's the right balance for student success?