- If we frame the teacher-student interaction as a sales pitch (just go with me for a sec) what qualities of a salesperson will repel the buyer?
You can take this any number of directions but I’ll ask you to consider for a moment the qualities of a relational teacher that aren’t also the qualities of a relational person. What I mean is, clearly, kind teachers are preferred but let’s try harder.
Tomorrow I’ll examine a teacher whose students simply don’t relate. And while his humorless, anal-retentive personality curries him few favors with the students of the Baltimore City Public Schools, one defect in particular poisons his relationships.
This defect is simple. It is potent. And, I’m convinced, it gets worse the longer you teach.