Teaching is not a popularity contest, and students are not your best friends. Respect is more important than affection, teachers said.
"It is okay if kids don't like you. They need to respect you. A lot of teachers want to be buddies."—Katharine L. Hagar, 7th grade, Hawaii
"You are not friends. You have to distinguish." —Phu N. Ly, 2nd grade (inclusive), Massachusetts
"Don't hang out with high school kids—you establish friendly rapport, you don't want to be pals."—Jeffrey Breedlove, 10th-12th grades, Kansas
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