I was talking with my siblings recently about the teachers, those we had who commanded respect and those that didn’t. In the classes of certain teachers, we wouldn’t dare talk. Whilst in others (interestingly, often with supply teachers), the class seemed to take advantage and make their lives difficult.

We reminisced about an old primary school teacher, who we all feared and who once shoved an 11 year-old up against a wall, midway through the class. Another one of our old teachers, who was a kind and had the students best interests at heart, was recently told to F-off by a student.

There must be a balance we can find between instilling fear in others and being disrespected and told where to go!

Who are the teachers that you remember and respect?

Who do you respect now and why?