Why teachers’ first impressions really do count


What signals are you giving out to your new class that you may not even be aware of? How difficult is it to shake off or build upon first impressions? Simon Creasey takes a look at the science

Why first impressions do count

Think back to your school days. Do you remember how it felt to meet a new teacher for the first time? They may not have said anything. They may not have done anything. But the silent, complex process of judgement was immediately in progress.

Their clothes, their posture, their mannerisms – all minutely analysed for signs of the sort of teacher they would turn out to be.

And the first time a new class sees you, they are doing the same.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it can be. Because, unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in the saying that first impressions last.

The process ...

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