I'm currently a pre-service teacher (I'll be certified for birth to 2nd grade), and at a recent alumni panel at my university, I heard something I found alarming from one of our teaching alums. She said she didn't even tell her students how old she was because when she answered such questions in the past it undermined her authority and led to chaos in her classroom. I think it is relevant that she was referring to her experiences with 6th graders, but I still find this to be at odds with creating a good connection with your students. I plan to work in the early grades, and to allow my students to get to know me so that they will connect their personal experience to schooling just as they have seen me model connecting personal experience to learning.
Does anyone have stories or resources about how managing what students know about you personally can positively or negatively impacted student behavior and classroom environment?