It is unrealistic to have *all* your students like you. Some of the best people I know/look up to have strong opponents of what they do, even though I have no idea why they are hated. For all I know, people can be hated just on the way they look, the way they talk, their sexual orientation, things we cannot control. For me, I have 180+ students at a time. Law of large numbers says that you are bound to have at least a couple who hate you no matter what you do.
You still teach. Still build relationships anyway. Show them that you are there for them unconditionally.
This semester, I focused on not caring about negative comments and I feel MUCH happier. My worth is not based off the opinions of others. Do I try my best making math fun and accessible to everyone? Absolutely. Do I still try to build relationships with them? Definitely, but there will always be negative comments. If it’s not constructive criticism, you can’t really do anything about it.
We meet people at different parts of our lives. Sometimes, that part is a growing area. Maybe it was our first year teaching, maybe we were trying something new, maybe we just weren’t feeling it that day, but our entire self shouldn’t be judged on that small period of time. I was a way different educator 4 years ago than I am today.
So to everyone reading this blog, educator or not: You are much more than the opinion of others. Remember why you went into the profession in the first place. If you’re chasing for people to like you, teaching is the wrong profession.
“You can’t please everyone, so you gotta please yourself.” – Ricky Nelson