When I think of teachers I usually think in terms of extremes. To use the 1996 children’s movie, Matilda, as an example, I picture either the “Ms. Honey” character or the “Ms. Trunchbull” character, no in-betweens. However, if we roam away from the Hollywood portrayal of teachers, we find that there are several “in-between” teaching styles.
Being a person who has grown up loving nearly all of her teachers and forming close relationships with many of them, I was slightly shocked when I came to Baylor out of high school and did not have the opportunity to create a personal bond with all of my instructors. Although it depends on the teacher, our classrooms, big or small, are not always set up for close teacher-student relationship in the collegiate setting. It sometimes feels like we are being preached at rather than taught. Why does the focus change from forming relationships with teachers in high school to being more formal in college?