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Would you prefer your teachers to be laid back or strict?
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Posted 4/24/15
Strict. I had so many laid back teachers in high school which isn't funny at all. I only had one strict teacher and lucky me, he took the time to teach me all the things I needed to know during high school. I get tired of watching teachers that allow so many things to go on and aren't able to control half or the entire classroom. I'm able to still recall all the times I literally walk out of my classroom simply because my teachers were too irresponsible. School is a place to learn not a playground.
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A teacher should be easygoing enough to take questions and be willing to spend a little time exploring whatever avenue of thought they lead down - even if it isn't strictly on the day's lesson plan.

On the other hand, they need to be strict enough to maintain authority over the class. When one student has to tell another to sit down and shut up the teacher isn't doing their job properly.

Thus, a happy medium is best.
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20 / M / Finland
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Strict with deadlines and so on with a relatively laid back teaching style.

Without strict deadlines I often don't get things done. Laid back seems to work better when the teacher more or less has the respect of his/her students there's hardly any need to be overly strict. You only need rules that make sense.
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I like laid back teachers. In my eyes you need to teach and give us an education but at the same time you shouldn't be angry or punish us for something like asking a "friend" for an eraser or something. At the same time teachers that are too laid back aren't very good. They might be liked but you need an education, but those teachers that you can have a conversation with and not feel awkward or afraid or something are the best ones. Those are the ones that won't yell at you for asking a "friend" for an eraser while still giving you a good education. But that's my opinion. Those always differ.
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Strict teachers. I need motivation and discipline in the classroom.
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Laid back teachers are the best, but they need to be knowledgeable. John Fellman at WSU (Pullman campus) is a great example of that. He was my advisor for two years and I finally got to have a class with him senior year. The guy is laid back and funny, but extremely knowledgeable. The guy really knows too much for his own good. It takes him no time at all to dive into topics that are way over my head, but he can still simplify the important concepts and basic principles so that it makes sense to an idiot like me. He is a researcher, but he's also in touch with growers. Depending on the class, the stuff he presents is usually applicable to the real world. I really enjoyed his post-harvest class, but dropping by office hours (if he remembers he was supposed to be there) for discussions about various subjects regarding tree fruit (and even field crops) were extremely informative. The same goes for Jamie Holden at the WSU Pullman campus. One of my favorite professors ever, along with Fellman. He's funny and extremely intelligent, even if he may not come off as a wealth of knowledge. Have a seat with that guy and start asking questions and he'll put you in your place without wasting any time. I really prefer laid back and flexible professors. My soils 441 prof isn't very flexible or forgiving. Still, he gave my group an extra day on the final stage of a semester long group project because I got called into work back home 200 miles away on a Friday. That stage of the project was due on Monday, we were behind, and I didn't have time to coordinate the project given my schedule that weekend. I didn't think he would, but he gave us an an extra day on that project and we managed to submit it on time. I figured he'd brush me off and tell me that my poor planning was not his problem. But it was nice to have him give us some leeway because we were behind at work and had to get tanks set and plumbed so we could start putting product on fields when we needed to. There's nothing that pisses me off more than a professor that thinks school is more important than work. One of my largest growers has an annual chemical and fertilizer bill of $400,000+. I may only be a helper in this stage of my career, but I can't blow them off when that kind of money is on the line. And that's just one grower. Professors need to be flexible, especially when students get behind because of work in their post graduation field. It may be different in other industries, but when it comes to ag, stuff has to get done when it has to get done. Whether we are putting on pre-season applications or rushing to pick perfect cherries or bale a premium cutting of alfalfa before the rain comes, it has to get done. I like professors that understand that and are willing to work with students to accommodate the work that needs to be done. Late papers don't add up to much compared to a good tree fruit harvest.
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I like Laid back teachers. for an example of what type of teacher is my Band director
he is professionally good at directing us, and in Jazz band with us as a small group we talk to him like a friend, instead of teacher to student.
We still get a lot of good practice in, and we can take a nice break from all the stress from more challenging classes.
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Posted 4/25/15
I prefer a teacher to teach the topic on hand and less in the role of a disciplinarian.
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Dahrc wrote:

Strict teachers. I need motivation and discipline in the classroom.


Agree
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There is an equilibrium to be reached; I've noticed the teaches that do best with the class are the ones that are entertaining, but know when it's time to get down to business.
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Posted 4/25/15
I'd prefer one who's both. They know when to be laid back and when to be strict. It's a good thing to learn how to work with rules and how to be respectful. It's possible for a teacher to be strict without having students terrified of them.
Posted 4/25/15 , edited 4/25/15
teachers should just act tough at the start and then get on with it. Of course you'd get the random kid that wants to test the law of the clsroom but theycan thwart that by collectively punishing the class. But then deliberate moves can have opposite evvects.

*shrug* i pretend slept at the back (helped concentrate) so, safe to say i prefer laid back teachers.
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Teachers in a k-12 setting need a certain degree of strictness, as a fair number of the students they teach aren't interested in being there and would rather just goof off. It's necessary above all for them to maintain control of the class so that the material gets covered adequately. A stricter teacher will have more success garnering respect from those who are disinclined to give it, and those people are numerous.

Post-secondary is the opposite. The majority of college/university students are there because they want to be, so there's no need for a teacher to be strict. Furthermore, an attitude that opens the ground for discussion will invariably result in greater class involvement, as students will often have their own ideas about the material and seek input on them from their teacher. A laid-back teacher is best in this setting, as it allows for a broader, multifaceted look at the material, driven by the students' natural interest in the topic.

I'm much more in favour of laid-back teachers, precisely because I love to learn. Before university, I'd get good marks, but I was always stuck doing things exactly as the teachers taught them, since an authoritarian stance was necessary to keep the uninterested students in line. Once I got to university, I got the academic freedom to explore that I so badly wanted, and became an eminently active participant in most of my classes. I still consider university to be the best time of my life so far, and without the laid-back atmosphere, that would not have been the case.
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Posted 4/25/15
teachers should teach, they arent there to keep you in check, if a student disturbs others throw em out, if not they should themselves be responsible for their own learning.
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Posted 4/25/15
Definitely laid back. If I could live in this anime, it'd be the most peaceful life ever. Could sleep for days <3
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