Home Archived A teacher's top priority? Being liked by pupils Back A teacher's top priority? Being liked by pupils 11th January 2019, 12:05am Tes Editorial Share A teacher's top priority? Being liked by pupils https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/teachers-top-priority-being-liked-pupils Copy Link Here's a question for you, Dear Reader: what is a teacher's most important quality? Is it being respected? Being knowledgeable? Remaining fair? Well, according to Rod Grant, headmaster of Clifton Hall School in Edinburgh, it's simple. He says, that the most important part of being a teacher is being liked by your pupils. In the future, will your class remember your carefully planned and knowledge-packed lesson on the French revolution? Or your fair allocation of golden stars for the behaviour chart? Not a chance. What they'll remember, says Grant, is your kindness, passion and understanding. So, if being liked by your pupils is the most important thing, what priority should we give to all the admin stuff that teachers are led to believe is so essential - ticking boxes for line managers, employers, government, HMIe, GTCS, Care Inspectorate, local authorities, quality improvement officers and the rest? Grant urges us to see all of these demands as "of relatively little importance". "What matters is the relationships we build with our students. Perhaps we need to see ourselves as 'coaches' rather than teachers or instructors," he writes. "That simple semantic change can often create a difference in our personal methodology. If we see our job as coaching, the relationship between ourselves and our students quickly becomes more collaborative and more conducive to a healthy working relationship." He says that we all know that when pupils like you, they're more likely to want to please you. They work harder, become more readily inspired and develop their own aspirations. "Teach with kindness, teach with energy, teach with passion and enjoy the journey," says Grant - that way you'll leave behind one hell of a teaching legacy. And as for form-filling, development plans and pleasing those in power - place those activities in the correct context. It should always be children first, everyone and everything else a very distant second. "So far in the distance," says Grant, "that they are barely noticeable…" You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Register for free to read more You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below. Alternatively, check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Register Subscribe now Already registered? Log in You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Subscribe to read more Check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Subscribe now Written by Tes Editorial Share A teacher's top priority? Being liked by pupils https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/teachers-top-priority-being-liked-pupils Copy Link Read more New Magazine Experience New Magazine Experience • 18th November 2021 How Quizlet can benefit new teachers Dan Worth • 6th September 2019 Make MFL planning a breeze with Quizlet Heather Martin • 9th September 2019 How Quizlet can boost English teaching and learning Lauran Hampshire-Dell • 17th September 2019 Recent Most read Most shared Call to end P1 SNSAs and divert money to school ventilation Tes essentials: Zahawi, face masks and phonics Why it is time to mark McCrone's card, all these years later Exclusive: Nadhim Zahawi on what he is going to do next Wellbeing Around the World: Removing heads of subjects KCSIE 2022: The key proposed changes How to read MAT financial accounts - and why you should 5 practical skills to succeed in middle leadership Time management: is this approach the silver bullet?