Students: Is it more important to be liked by your teacher, or respected by your teacher?
It depends on the teacher, and what kind of opportunities they are qualified to provide the student. A teacher who has taught biology at the same high school for 20 years has come to recognize potential when it passes through his classroom, and has built credibility with the college recommendations he gives. A teacher fresh out of college is probably going to be quicker to befriend the students, but this means the class will be easier. In the case that a teacher is buddy-buddy with other students in the classroom, they probably don't have the experience to recognize you for your potential--in other words, a younger teacher can't help you professionally, so you might as well crack some jokes and get by with an easy A. Don't go above and beyond for someone unless you know they're qualified to recognize and appreciate it.
There are some very qualified young teachers who don't want to buddy up to their students, but want to impart learning and empower their kids. But there are a lot of the fresh-faced teachers who make their classroom a party and don't reach students.
I am a teacher. I have been for many years. If your teacher is a good one, it should not matter. A teacher should find a way to educate every type of student be it the super intelligent ones that do everything they are asked or the super intelligent ones that do nothing as they are bored. They should find a way to help weak students, troubled students and students who dislike the subject. But this is an ideology. Being respected or liked by any other human being is always nice. But in a classroom setting be it university or high-school school - the job of a teacher is not really to like or respect but rather to show, exemplify, inspire and provide tools for people to think critically. No two teachers are alike and no tow students are either. We are all just people and we share things in common and also have differences. Of course it is always easier for me to deal with friendly and respectful students and more of a challenge to deal with other types! This is a good question.
Id'e rather respect a teacher than like them, although both are always possible. I can like a teacher all I want, it doesnt mean they are good at their job rather than just being an overall cool person. If I respect a teacher, it means they do their job and they do it right. I dont have to like them at that point.
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