I’m beginning to republish posts that made it onto my A LOOK BACK: 2019’S BEST POSTS FROM THIS BLOG – PART TWO list.


Many teachers have seen the late Rita Pierson’s great TED Talk and, if you haven’t, it’s embedded at the bottom of this post.

Perhaps the most quoted line from the video is “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.”

Plenty of research shows the importance of teacher/student relationships (see The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students).

Still, though, I sometimes (rarely) still hear people question the importance of teachers “being liked.”

Why Likable Leaders Seem More Effective is a new article from The Harvard Business Review that tackles this issue in the workplace, though it seems to be applicable to the school environment, too.

Here’s an excerpt:

And here’s Pierson’s Ted Talk: