Oh, come on, people! I know you have those stories! Do share. And if you're wondering what I'm talking about, go back one entry.
So I'm a day behind. Big woop.
#11. Do you want to be liked?
Yes, and I consider it a downfall. Daggone it, I care what other people think about me. It causes me to be a bit nicer than I should. I need to remember that they need firm expectations and discipline - that even if they don't "like" me because of it, it will make them better people. I had a professor once who said his goal was to be known as a really hard professor...but whose classes still fill up. I'd say that sums up my own attitude. I want to be known as a challenging teacher, but one the kids like anyway.