I thought that new – and veteran – readers might find it interesting if I began sharing my best posts from the first half of this year. You can see the entire collection of best posts from the past thirteen years here.

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: