It doesn’t matter if they listen to the same music, or watch sports, or look like a model.It just matters that they listen to their students and ask questions about their lives.
“Well, it’s more that I need advice.” I prodded a bit more as he fumbled through his words before he finally got out his request.
The advice I gave the sweater vest kid is really the same advice I would give to any new teacher trying to find their way in this job: We should ask a lot of questions and listen a lot.
We should want our students to like us, but not because we awkwardly talk about rap music and basketball.
I realize this might sound sappy, but my advice for teachers is to try to get students to like you.
Not because you want to be the cool teacher, but because you want your students to learn.I was never very smooth with the ladies, but I was honored by his bad judgement. But he was more the kind of cool that was going to crush his 30s. Sweater vests, ties with jeans, and conversations about climate change are the kind of thing that coffee dates and wine parties are made of, but they might leave him hanging in high school. So if you are talking to a girl you like, try to ask a lot of questions and let her talk a lot.